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Lesson Plans

collaborating with teachers

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Wed, 3 Mar 1999 20:03:52, -0500

Bravo Linda in Michigan!!!

I am quickly finding out that the best way to get non-art teachers
interested in what you are doing, is to " just do it." Somehow I
think they are intimidated by all the creative juices and can't cope
with it all. But when you show them it is not dangerous outside of
their "boxes," they eventually come to you. I recently graduated
from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA from a master's program called
"Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum." When I had to complete
projects for my master's, people in the museum where I work, would
get a little nervous. I attribute it to fear of the unknown. The more
they protested, the more I could see how insecure they were about
trying something different. As an art educator and fine artist, I am
realizing more and more, that few people in this world are really
risk takers. However, people involved in the arts do it all the time.
We know we could be humiliated at any turn. But we also know the
personal rewards of the creative process, whether teaching it to
others or enjoying it ourselves. It sure is frustrating to encounter
"colleagues," who try to make you feel insignificant, because they
are afraid of what you do. I have tried to soften my approach and
"sneak" creative thinking into the mainstream. The teacher workshops
we conduct are a perfect example. We have the opportunity to educate
classroom teachers about using the arts in their pedagogy. We do it
in small manageable steps, otherwise at the end of the day the
teacher's would all have fainted!!
Patience....they say not to pray/ask for patience because you are
given lessons that will teach it to you!

Julia Courtney
Springfield Museums