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Re: Do art teachers use the textbooks

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 01:11:59 -0400

I've been teaching for 29 years and I've never used a textbook. I have
single copies of lots of different ones - some I bought, some I received
as complimentary copies to review. I see all sorts of neat stuff in the
books and I get great ideas from them - but I can't stand following
someone elses directions! Or doing something the same way someone else
does. I have a big binder for each course I teach and they are full of
lesson plans, samples, notes, xeroxes of pages from those art textbooks,
Arts & Activities, School Arts, etc. When I develop a good unit or
project, I try to keep all the relevent materials and notes, examples,
worksheets, etc. in the appropriate binder. When I'm stuck for an idea,
I browse through the binders and/or the textbooks.

One year, for a Humanities course I team teach, I ordered art history
textbooks - but found I really didn't like using them. So now they sit
in a cupboard in my room and I pull them out when I want the kids to
analyze or examine artwork, or look up info about a specific artist -
because they can each turn to the same page and have their own version
of the same image to look at. I'd rather do this than use a slide
projector where the image disappears when the lights come on.

Sandra Hildreth
Home Page:
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
School Pages:
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617