Nice to hear from you! Having been one of those long-time ArtsEdNet
members, I also note the marked decrease in daily postings,
particularly during the summer. Back when I started posting, it was
one of the few avenues for me to exchange ideas, get tips & advice.
I'm sure art teachers today are also in need of such support, but the
internet has evolved to be a more useful & convenient tool than email
could be. Nings, blogs, social networking sites, and a wealth of
useful websites are all out there for arts folks. Many of the original
members have since retired as well, with fewer chiming in. I'm sure
there are many more out there like you and me, presently teaching
subjects other than art. Like you though, I also like to keep in touch
with what's going on and so therefore continue to subscribe.
Like you, I've seen a wide diversity in the state of art rooms and
programs at International schools. The one I'm currently at is more
sophisticated and gets the funding to support it. It's great to see
impressive pieces and thoughtful projects come out of the classroom.
Enjoy the rest of your time in Quito before returning to the US. I
have just over a month before I return to India!
On Jun 24, 2009, at 9:35 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Guess I4ll chime in, too. It4s so good to see old--oops!--VETERAN
> back. Sometimes I look back in the Getty archives and see so many
> names who dropped out a long time ago. Those were the days we were
> getting 30
> or more messages every day.
> I still love teaching here in Quito. We are wrapping things up this
> then we have two months off. I4m already looking forward to next
> year. What
> a great way to feel. I4m glad I didn4t get the 9-10 art position
> which I had
> originally applied for--the art room isn4t very well-equipped and
> they only
> meet every 3-4 days. The young woman who did get it did a wonderful
> job with
> some ornery students who didn4t take art very seriously, but she
> will teach
> 10th grade English next year. I spent some time in the 7-8 grade
> art room and
> the stuff they produce is very...decorative--basically, using
> markers to
> create patterns within big photocopied outlines of butterflies and
> flowers in
> vases and clowns. It was no wonder they balked at any real art
> content in 9th
> and 10th.
> I read the posts every day, but haven4t had much to contribute
> lately. It4s
> hard to believe I haven4t taught art in four years.