wow, stacie - i also taught elem. my first year and
then hs and had to do ceramics which i knew little
about. i went to the main city library and read
everything about ceramics they had (no net then :D),
got help from my colleagues, and practiced a lot once
school started. ended up liking it quite a bit and
added 2 more courses to the curriculum by pop demand.
i'm still doing hs, 16 years later, so i guess it
worked. your enthusiasm for this position i think
makes you a strong candidate on top of your proven
work ethic and desire to do your best as an art
teacher. hopefully this is a school where you will
have good benefits, too? if so, i say go for it! i do
not think this is out of your league.
--- StacieMich@aol.com wrote:
> I had a wonderful interview at a great high school
> yesterday. It is one of
> the best high schools in my area, and their ceramics
> teacher just left. When I
> told them that I didn't have much experience in
> ceramics, they didn't seem to
> care. They told me that the art department needs a
> breath of "fresh air" and
> that they would be very willing to discuss changing
> the curriculum...perhaps
> I could teach a course that would involve different
> materials each nine weeks,
> with ceramics falling in the last nine weeks so that
> I would have time to
> learn how to operate the kiln and such. The
> administration was so awesome and
> friendly and fun. I have to say that it was the
> best interview I've ever had.
> I was there for over an hour, and they seemed so
> impressed with me. I was
> shocked. They seem ready to offer me a position.
> They just want to have me meet
> the head of the department, who happens to be my
> brother's ex-teacher. I
> feel so excited at the opportunity to work in a high
> school with more mature
> students and the energy that fills a high school,
> yet I'm wondering, is this out
> of my league? I only have one year of experience
> teaching elementary and
> middle school. I will have to learn how to do
> ceramics in a very short time, but
> I'm very willing to do so because it would be an
> excellent addition to my art
> experience. I haven't used clay in many years.
> Should I just jump on it or am
> I crazy to think I could handle high school? How
> different is high school?
> My area is mostly drawing and painting, but I love
> the idea of giving students
> more conceptual projects...or I had even thought
> about throwing the idea of
> TAB out there since the administration seems so open
> to change right now. The
> administration and the reputation of the school are
> really drawing me in. It
> seems like they are really eager to breathe some new
> life into this
> department. Plus I'd have my own room with a kiln!
> Any thoughts?
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