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Re:[teacherartexchange] preservice teachers


Date: Mon Jul 18 2005 - 09:00:05 PDT

All good suggestions. One other thing you might think about is having
them consider ways that parents can help to support their program.
Getting parents involved in various ways is anoth way to advocate.
We have our AALC program where parent docents under our guidance go into
the history classrooms to present art appreciation to go with the
history curriculums in grades 3-6. Planning a few major projects each
year where parents might be able to help (my sewing project, the
woodworking project in 5th grade, to name two) also advocates your
quality program. Word gets out that parents have actually seen for
themselves how MUCH their kids ae learning in art. You get so much back
from that. ALso, have them think of things that parents could donate to
their program, a wish list of supplies like sewing notions, left over
fabrics and yarns etc. The list goes on and on there, and can add much
that you simply cannot buy for your program. Once again, it's a way to
get them thinking about your program. Perhaps a newsletter to parents
about what you are doing with their children occasionally. I have been
teaching 25 years in the same school and have never been sorry that we
involve our parents like we do.

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