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From: Bunki Kramer (bkramer_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 07 2004 - 11:02:55 PST

from: Bunki Kramer (
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, CA 94526

>From: "Dale" <>
> Please remember that there are many circumstances with newbies, and just as
> you are all a varied and interesting group, those of us who are quiet should
> not be lumped into one category. I am a very reserved person. You have such
> a close community, developed over years of communicating, that it has been
> very intimidating for me to post. So as time has gone on, I have deferred to
> others' much more extensive expertise and experience.
> So I want to say thank you to all of you who share your knowledge. You
> continue being teachers here outside of the walls of your classroom.
> Thanks again -- while I feel like a gleaner now, as I become steadier in my
> career, I feel more ready to be a sharer also,
> Dale in Tn
> Who is a 40-something first-year teacher.returning to art after a circuitous
> career journey

HI, Dale. Thanks for "sharing" your point of view. Without your joining in,
we would have spent another day missing your bright focus and viewpoint.
That's the point of "joining in" the discussions. Us oldies LOVE when
newbies join in. You bring with you such an enthusiastic spirit and
different perspectives for us seasoned ways of doing
things, new ways of thinking....things we had forgotten about or never knew
or had even thought about. It gives us a chance to be a mentor because we've
shared the same frustrations in the past. You really have NO idea how many
ways you help us.

I understand the fears of joining into a large community of people but there
are so many here who welcome you. As with any vast group, a few criticize
but you soon learn who they are and ignore them. The rest of us do.

For those of you who feel hesitant, please jump in with both feet, introduce
yourselves, and become part of us. We've all been where you are now. We
share your goals too. Toodles.....Bunki