> How has the wall been created between higher ed and K-12?
> I want to try to break down this wall...any thoughts?
Unlike Michal, I knew I wanted to teach art at the middle level. But
the many (12) years I was in college I was never exposed to the real
of teaching till my senior year (student teaching). That differs now,
and it varies depending on the program we came through. I feel that
art teachers should be encouraged and required to get inside schools
in their education. I should have done it on my own but I didn't. I
as to why we were not exposed. I was told that it was to ground us in
first. I feel the answer was to simply rationalize the practice in use.
I began teaching about the time my own children were in middle
school. I got a
position in the same urban inner city area we lived in, unlike many
put in areas and cultures new to them. Most of us succeeded even
paths and backgrounds differed. I doubt there is a simple answer nor
route to becoming a capable teacher. To succeed in teaching I had to
flexible. I suspect that in teaching teachers how to succeed we too
I went into teaching to continue learning. I love learning and
to love it as well. That was enough motivation for me to hang in
there and grow.
Woody, Retired in Albuquerque