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[teacherartexchange] Woody and Stacie/and NCLB


From: Jayna Huffines (jayna_99_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 09 2006 - 07:51:57 PDT

Amen, Woody, especially the part about being fake and
knowing what you're talking about.
About the NCLB stuff, our county is requiring all
teachers to be "Highly Qualified" to teach the
subjects they are teaching or to undergo extra
training. I can understand why some teachers would be
upset about having to get extra training, but I am all
for it. I cannot imagine trying to teach art (or
anything else, for that matter) without having a
degree in that subject. It relieves me to know that no
one will ever try to get me to teach math or science,
like my own middle school art teacher had to do. I
would absolutely flail like a fish out of water.

--- Woody Duncan <> wrote:

> On Jun 8, 2006, at 8:34 PM,
> wrote:
> > Thanks Jayna. I think that eventually I might
> "get it" with that
> > age group,
> > but what if I don't? Some of the kids really did
> like me, thought
> > I was funny
> > and cool. Some of them came to me for advice,
> which I took as a good
> > sign...but some just wanted to make life miserable
> for me...and
> > probably most of
> > their teachers. I know that I need to be firmer
> without losing
> > their trust.
> >
> Stacie,
> "need to be firmer without losing their trust" this
> is a fine line.
> Most of us got the
> same advice, to be very tough at first - then you
> could always
> lighten up a bit later.
> I suspect it is sound advice, but I doubt I ever
> followed it. Each
> teacher has to
> understand their own personality and style and work
> within it. To
> attempt to
> play others roles or styles is difficult and kids
> are sharp on
> knowing a fake when
> they see one. I did learn that if the students
> believe that you know
> your stuff they
> will respect you and follow your guidance. By stuff,
> I mean: art
> materials,
> methods, techniques, history, etc. and know how to
> explain it to
> them. They
> get so many unqualified teachers (science, math,
> reading) trying to
> teach
> subjects they are thrown into that they really
> respect an art or
> music teacher
> who is highly qualified. Here is one aspect of NCLB
> where I am in
> agreement.
> I had one well meaning principal who really believed
> that a good
> teacher could
> teach any subject. She was very upset when I wrote
> letters to the
> state when
> she had me teaching reading. I loved teaching the
> two hours of
> reading, but
> I was out of that after two years. I was not
> qualified to teach it
> and it was only
> fun because they assigned me the best readers. Those
> kids read better
> than I did. Here is a sample:
> The best advice is to find your nitch and learn to
> be the best you
> can be
> at whatever that is.
> Woody
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