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Re: [teacherartexchange] Yet another twist...


Date: Sat Jul 08 2006 - 06:46:31 PDT

I have thought about asking one of the people from the ceramics league to
come in and demonstrate. We'll see how it goes. I'm waiting for the woman to
call me back so I can start private lessons as soon as tomorrow!
 Ha! I think that a great art teacher should be able to teach most media,
but I don't think they would have to be able to teach everything in order to be
great. I think that a teacher could be wonderful at teaching drawing because
that is the area of his or her expertise, but that doesn't mean that the
teacher could teach photography or ceramics. I'm not sure if it's possible to be
great at teaching such a huge variety of things...good to be able to teach as
much as you can, but I think that we can spread ourselves thin. Everyone
probably has their specialty, like I love painting more than anything else. I can
draw, but I don't enjoy it as much because it's a little too tedious for me.
I like to be more free. I also think that a great teacher does not have to be
great with all grade levels. It seems to me, from this list, that many feel
that you just find the place where you belong. After trying it all, teachers
just know where they can make magic happen...some belong with the little ones,
some with the older ones.

I am not a great teacher yet, but I want to be. I'm still figuring this all
out...where can I make the magic happen. I know that I'll get there someday.
I know that I have to go through all of this uneasiness in order to get
there. Newness is so scary for me and a few years ago, I wouldn't have even
thought of doing this. That alone means that I'm growing as a person and as a
teacher. I really am amazed that I'm about to call and accept a position at a high
school teaching something I've never taught before. This is so not me! I
used to just hide in the corner, afraid to try things and then crying because I
never did.

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