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I think the institutions that train teachers need to find more and more ways
to have students in the schools earlier and longer in authentic ways. These
could range from job shadowing a variety of teachers (and students) to
helping with extracurricular activities to being assigned to a school over an
extended period of time before student teacheing. Students need to watch
successful teachers and they need lots of interactions with students to learn
On the topic of methods classes for elementary teachers....I think they
should be aimed at making the teachers an ally of the art teacher -- to help
them see how they can extend and integrate the ideas presented into the art
class with the other areas of the curriculum.They need to be taught by a
teacher who can communicate a passion for art and the importance of art in
the curriculum so they can in turn pass this on to their students. Do they
need to be studio artists to do this ??? Not at all --- they need to care
about the subject, allow important blocksof time and set high standards. They
also need to be working with an art teacher who is continually assisting them
in doing these things.
Long enough --too many good questions!
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI