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from: Bunki Kramer (bkramer.us)
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, CA 94526
>From: Tom Johnsen <koordt>
> I'm interested in getting much better as an art teacher..... My question: what
are the most valuable courses, where are they> taught, and how much do they
> I am currently visiting other art teachers in the area and so far have
> observed two. Many great ideas come out of this, complete with solutions to
>I took no> course that dealt specifically with teaching art.> Tom in Potter
Yep.....well...I "took" courses at my university that dealt specifically
with teaching art....or rather.....the course by-line implied that I would
learn how to teach art. I can't give them much credence along this avenue.
Usually these courses are taught by teachers who haven't been in a classroom
in years (one I had never did!). I can, however, recommend two "courses" to
you....one of which you already belong to. This course is the Getty
ArtsEdNet Listserv where you can learn the everyday life of art teachers
around the world, find unbelievable lesson plans, find supplies, learn
discipline control, how to order things and where to find them, etc. It's
certainly made a much better art teacher outta me!
The second "course" is to attend your NAEA conventions where you will meet
other art teachers face to face, articulate, and attend workshops on over
700 themes, ideas, discussions. I've also become a much better art teacher
through attending these conventions. If the $$$ is too much for you, do as
someone suggested and join your local state art education association. There
you will find friendly art teachers committed to the same thing as you
are...becoming a fabulous teacher of art. Best of luck in your journey.
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