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Re: [teacherartexchange] College level/public school dichotomy


From: Diane Gregory (dianegregory2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 20 2007 - 17:06:27 PDT

Hi All,

I can see this topic is generating a lot of passion!
:-) We have very hard and challenging jobs. Many of
our circumstances are beyond belief. Yes, it is our
responsibility to motivate students, as Woody says.
But what if you give it your best shot and it doesn't
seem to work? Do we start blaming ourselves? I think
many people do and this gets old after awhile and
leads to burn out. Instead of blaming, let us put our
creative heads together to see how each of us can help
improve the situation.

I have received numerous great ideas for improving our
undergraduate courses in art education. I hope to
implement many of them over the next year or two. I
wish I would have asked this group sooner. Strange
how we talk to each other, but don't communicate...How
has the wall been created between higher ed and K-12?
I want to try to break down this wall...any thoughts?


--- "M. Austin" <> wrote:

> I disagree here, because when in college I wanted to
> be a high school art
> teacher. Why? Because I had NO clue what an
> elementary art class looked
> like. There are many districts that only have high
> school art classes, fewer
> have middle school art classes, and many many have
> none at the elementary
> level. During my student teaching, when I was
> getting my K-6 certification,
> I had an awesome mentor in my cooperating teacher.
> To this day, I LOVE my
> elementary students. BUT, I feel equally strong
> about my middle and high
> school classes. My job is always challenging, never
> dull. I enjoy teaching
> my primary students, and then having the honor of
> teaching them as they grow
> up. I get to watch them graduate, knowing they were
> "mine" for 13 years. I
> am constantly scrounging the internet to keep myself
> "up" on the latest in
> art, I take workshops every chance I get, I am
> passionate about learning.
> I started my art program right out of college. My
> district was growing and
> decided that they wanted a K-12 art program. I
> started my job with no
> knowledge of how or what to order (I had no supplies
> to start with - thank
> goodness for my elementary cooperating teacher!), no
> clue how to run a kiln
> (seems that things like this aren't always taught in
> art ed college
> classes!), had never heard of NAEA, and nobody in my
> district to ask. I
> really could have used some good old basics in
> college! While circumstances
> at school are keeping me from teaching K-2 next
> year, I know I'll still have
> them from 3rd grade on.
> ~Michal
> 3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> HS Digital Communications
> Technology Integration Specialist
> > Am I wrong to think most of us know which level we
> really want to teach
> > to? which age we best relate to? I know many
> accept positions they
> > really don't feel most comfortable with just to
> have job? I want those
> > that want to be elementary to be that and be the
> best at that and the
> > same for high school.
> ---
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