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First rule in teaching


From: KPRS (KPRS_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 17 2003 - 12:30:37 PDT

  I have many first rules (some for discipline, some for teaching, some for philosophy), but I'll give you my first rule in teaching:

simply put: It's the first time for them. (This is also a performing/theater as much as your audience paid big bucks for your performance and even though you might have done it umpteen times before they deserve a fresh show).

I try to remember the magic in the lesson and bring that to the forefront when teaching...I remember for example the "aha" feeling I got when I first learned perspective, or the "ooooooohhhhs" I said when I first learned about foreground,midground or background, and was able to translate that into a weaving, or how the mystery of drawing proportioned faces was revealed to me by my art teacher.

I am not suggesting that you put on a costume and entertain the kids, but what I am saying is that we must keep the material fresh, relevant, and meaningful and connect the dots with our lessons...

San D