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Re: [teacherartexchange] Best interview ever!


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 02 2006 - 11:19:36 PDT

You seem so excited about this opportunity, I believe passion is the
major reason
anyone succeeds. So, if the offer is made - go for it. You can learn
to do quality
ceramics just like everything else. Keep us posted as to what
happens. This list
will be a great resource for ceramics or anything else.
                                        Best of Luck, Woody

On Jul 1, 2006, at 9:17 AM, 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?

Woody, Retired in Albuquerque

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