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Diane Gregory's Questions

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sat, 23 Mar 1996 08:47:25 -0500

Eileen Prince gave some outstanding responses. Bravo! I especially liked
the one about how a music student wouldn't be asked to create beautiful
music without ever having instruction on how to compose, how to play piano,
or without ever learning about the great composers.

As far as what makes a great Art teacher, in addition to what Ms. Prince
wrote, I'd like to add that I feel an Art teacher needs to be flexible and
willing to participate in intensive one on one instruction, discussion,
critiquing, etc. They need to accept and encourage the fact that in a class
of 25 students, there should be 25 different ideas being generated, 25
different approaches being used, and at times, 25 kids out of their seats,
talking, sharing, and creating. Yet on top of that has to be some
instructional structure. There have to be times where everything is pulled
together and work can be displayed and critiqued, or motivational group
discussions conducted, or directions given or skills taught. In my own
personal development, I think I went from being happy to have 25 kids all
doing something different, to learning how to add structure as well as
better instruction to my classroom environment. There are also teachers out
there who structure and direct right from the beginning. Some of them need
to loosen up and allow more diversity. It is a productive balance that
would be most desireable.

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617