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Re: If you were starting an Elementary art program from scratch... where would you begin ?


From: Sandy Bacon (sbacon_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 13 2003 - 15:53:45 PST


I could go on forever with this one, but my first thought is that I
would first take a closer look at my district's or state'sCourse of
Study before writing my curriculum. I didn't do this the first year I
went back to teaching and felt a bit like a pinball bouncing from one
direction to another as far a basics, theme, integration, etc. I felt
many times like I was floundering; poor organization and planning on my
part when it came to an overall view or cohesivemess. I would then see
what outcomes were expected from each age group and design my program
around those, with a particular theme in mind.

After getting this laid out, I would approach classroom and other
specialists about integrating and working together --where I think it
would be most beneficial.
Make sure that you provide plenty of opportunity for parent involvement.

I'd most definitely figure out how I can be the children's and my art
program's own best advocate, whether it be newsletters, website, local
newspapers, library exhibits, participation in YAM, etc. Art is
essential in our children's lives and learning, and since we all live
in fear of being eliminated, we need to take the bull by the horns and toot!

Just my thoughts for now. After reading everyone else's responses, I'm
sure they will stimulate my thinking even more!


Christine Besack wrote:

> Hi All,
> New discussion item, imagine you are going into a school to teach
> elementary art.
> You can write your own curriculum, but here's the rub.
> You have grades 1-5. In your first year what do you cover ??