This is for Diane and her request for her k-6 elementary art education
Flexibility (able to work with many different personalities on many
different levels, from the classroom teacher to the students)
Sequential lesson planning (for individual classes as well as grade levels).
One lesson should build on another. Suggest that teachers curriculum map for
each grade level. Suggest that curriculum map be wrapped around
state/national standards. Aim high.
Scaffolding (lessons should be bolstered with knowledge from other sources,
i.e. math, literature, history, art history)
Sense of adventure (for pushing carts, for low budgets, for traveling
between buildings, for living out of closets, for 'suggestions' from
Public relations (for bulletin boards, art shows, PTA meetings, Board
meetings) Be very visible, positive and vocal. Teach the world what art
education is all about.
Stay focused and organized so that you do not become overwhelmed. Reach out
to other educators for suggestions. If you are lucky enough to have other
art teachers in your 'school system', bond with them. Have monthly
information meetings. Share lessons. Share laughs. Don't try to reinvent art
education your first year teaching. Stick with tried and true until you have
your rhythm, confidence and reputation.
For what it is worth, from a non elementary school teacher,