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Re: [teacherartexchange] ceramics and no experience.


From: Barb Felsecker (felsecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2006 - 15:35:23 PDT

And,is anyone overlooking the fact that Stacie hasn't had any experience
with the high school grade level-not even practice teaching at that level?
High school students are a whole different breed from elementary and middle
school. Each age group has its own characteristics (both positive and
negative) obviously, but Stacie, you had many discipline problems, if I
recall. If you are willing to go through another year similar to what
you've had this past year with older, more savy pupils, plus learning all
what you need to know about the subject you are hired to teach in a few
short weeks,...then go for it. I hate to be negative, but you may be biting
off more than you can chew. High school students can sense if you're in
over your head and many of them will go for the jugular. Sorry to be so
blunt, but that is my opinion and,.... you did ask.

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> I'm sorry, but I know potters who have spent many years learning their
> craft and
> being comfortable knowing how to teach it and dare I say that they would
> be
> offended to hear this. You can learn to teach low fire quick and dirty,
> maybe
> even mid-range, but high fire is quite different and if this school
> happens to
> have a good enough ceramics program to have a gas kiln (as our high
> schools
> do), it requires expertise.
> Linda
> (former clay teacher--low/mid fire and I know my limitations)
> ---- Original message ----
>>Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 16:47:42 EDT
>>Subject: [teacherartexchange] ceramics and no experience.
>>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <>
>>In a message dated 7/7/2006 3:40:14 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> writes:
>>years...possibly on a cart for all three years. If I stay at my current
>>in the charter school, I can leave at any time, which means I could try
>>applying to schools again next year to see if something pans out. OR, I
>>take this
>>risk and try to learn all I can about ceramics in the next few
>>best for one year and try to see if I can teach a different curriculum
>>following year. Who knows, I might end up loving ceramics.
>>My stomach is in knots.
>>Take the job! All the pro's well overweigh the cons. I was in the same
>>position 4 years ago. I took a class one night a week at an at center
>>near my
>>home. All the former knowledge I had from my university class started to
> come to
>>mind. I was perhaps one lesson ahead of the kids. I taught what I learned
>>week before. After a year, I felt like I could go it on my own. There
>>aren't a lot of intricate processes with beginner clay and creating new
> or
>>combining several techniques in one form to make creative piece is the
>>For beginner clay, you definitely need to know how to coil, slab, pinch,
>>create a hollow form, plus secure joining and refining clay surfaces and
>>throwing on a wheel. (I took a workshop for 6 weeks).You could easily
> these
>>and the rest is a lot of common sense. As always, practice makes perfect.
>>yes, learn how to fire your kiln. I was terrified the first few times,
>>made blunders but survived. I even scorched my gloves on the kiln and
>>set off the sprinkler system. Glazes are a different story. You can use
>>commercial glazes until you learn more about glaze properties. I have a
> class
>>handouts that may help with evaluation and vocabulary. email me off this
>>for them.
>>Ceramics is my most highly enrolled class. We had to add four more
>>this year and hire our middle school part-time teacher to full time to
>>take my
>> overload.
>>Marsh in Orlando
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