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Lesson Plans

Re: different philosophy

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Christine Merriam (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 10:02:14 +0000

Peri wrote:
I'm hoping someone out there can offer me some advice on what they've done
when their colleague has a different philosophy about art ed. than their own.
I feel it's so important to give middle school kids a well rounded view of art
before they leave 8th gr., because some of them may never take art in high
I love my job, but it gets depressing to work with someone who doesn't feel
the same enthusiasm as I feel. I'm open to suggestions so that it works out
well for me, the colleague and the kids.

Hi Peri,
Our high school art teacher was very studio oriented, and did not feel at all
comfortable with "all that talk about art".
I asked him if I could see how High School students responded to the type of inquiry
techniques I was using at the elementary level. We worked out a presentation that fit
into a unit he was doing on NorthWest Tribal Art. I got up in front of his class and
did my thing... (elementary kids are more mature than HS at this ;) The teacher saw
the value of the presentation, and has since slowly incorporated more and more DBAE
thinking into his curriculum.
It was a non-threatening way of communicating with the teacher, and has paid off.
I know I hate it when someone tells me what to do, but, if I see something I like and
understand the reason "why" it is important, I have no problem including it in my

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School