I went through the teacher prep. program at CSU, Sacramento about 7
years ago. Our methods class was based on the text "Contemporary
Issues in Art Education" by Yvonne Gaudelius and Peg Speirs. It was
the belief of our professor that working with contemporary issues in
the art classroom was crucial to keeping the arts in the classroom at
all. (We've all been watching the programs being cut left and
right.) Another benefit of basing lessons on contemporary issues is
the immediate connection the students feel to the process. I've
experienced the best feedback from my students when we've focused on
issues that concerned them and the "real world."
Another aspect of the methods class was the "Idea Binder" that we were
each required to create. It included the state visual arts standards,
helpful information we learned/discovered during the course, and the
best part - a lesson plan from each student that was taught by that
student to our class during the course. This was a wonderful resource
to bring into the last phase of our student teaching. Looking back on
it, I was well prepared for my student teaching (although I didn't
feel that way at the time), largely because of my methods class.
Good luck! (I'm going to check out that Lowenfeld text - thanks!)
On Jun 9, 2010, at 10:03 AM, Margaret Angstadt wrote:
> Hello to all and Happy June!
> Earlier in the year I had a great response (both on and off list)
> about my question regarding student teachers in the classroom. It was
> a CRAZY year with three interns in our program. One quit. One was
> incapable of functioning and I had to 'take back' my classes. The
> third was was excellent (a former student.)
> It is VERY clear that a major obstacle for ALL of these students from
> area colleges is that the colleges are not offering art education
> methods. These students all take the general ed methods.
> I am meeting with a director of ed to discuss possibilites of teaching
> a methods course and could use your assistance. I'm wondering if
> anyone is teaching/has taught art ed methods courses, and if so, what
> texts you used. I used Creative and Mental Growth by Lowenfeld
> waaaaaaaay back in 1971 (and STILL love it!)
> Wondering what others are using/have used...from whatever era!
> Thanks for taking time to reply! Hope your year is winding down
> Today, I turn 60 and look forward to many more years of teaching!
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