>To: DebbieDBAE >From: EILEEN PRINCE <eprinc1> >Subject: Re: Diane Gregory's questions > >At 08:22 AM 3/23/96 -0500, you wrote: >>BRAVO!!! to Eileen for her insightful responses to your questions, which I >>also think are wonderful. To your first question "What makes a good art >>teacher?", I truly concur with Eileen about high expectations. I also >>believe two other areas are key factors in separating those who just relay >>information or subject area content from those who are master teachers... >>1. That every master teacher is also a researcher/learner on a continuous >>basis. Learning about art, exploring artists of the past and present, their >> inspiration or desperation, feelings for and depth of works...so much to >>learn about, and every little bit of information creates another subtle >>nuance of understanding ..... >>2. That every master teacher occasionally allow themselves the luxury of >>observing other master teachers at work...in all disciplines...what a >>valuable way to stay current and fresh! >>3. (Allright...I said two...but I guess I can't assume this one goes without >>saying...) That every master teacher has a passion for his/her >>subject...especially the arts...for it is passion that makes us create! >> >>Dealing with content....I can truly say I have never been at a loss for WHAT >>to teach...just a lack of time to teach it all in! >> >>And the last thing I would like to leave you with is this...that when we >>teach, if we do not leave our students with a wonderful(delicious, >>intriguing, provacative) problem to solve...we have simply been relaying >>information..."Teach on!", Diane...it sounds as if you are truly becoming a >>master! >> >>Debbie > >BRAVO right back at you. Your #1 response is absolutely true!!! Perhaps
that's what causes us the problem with having enough time to teach it "all"
- the "all" keeps growing and growing! There is a phrase in the Talmud to
the effect that "we are not required to complete the task, but we are
required to begin the task." I try to remember that when I feel I "didn't
get anything done." I TOTALLY agree with your closing comments. Perhaps
what good teachers do, ultimately, is to make their students want to learn
more about a subject themselves, long after "class" is over. Keep in touch. > >Eileen