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Re: End of Year Thanks and requesting input from beginning teachers


From: Sharon Henneborn (heneborn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 11:39:49 PDT

Thanks! You just sent me the outline for one segment of the class!
;<) A perfect demonstration of why we need a network of like minded
educators! We are not alone in all this and together we are so
Sharon ~ NJ

On Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 12:41 PM, San D wrote:
From: "San D" <>
Date: Sat May 22, 2004 12:41:25 PM America/New_York
To: <>
Subject: RE: End of Year Thanks and requesting input from beginning

I thought that maybe this ought to be opened to everyone, especially
of us long in the trenches. I am also teacher/leader in the arts, and
new teachers.

Here would be my advice:

Stick to the curriculum the first year (the curriculum as written as
compared to the curriculum as taught). If you don't have a strong
comprehensive ART curriculum, then by all means speak to whomever and
volunteer to help write curriculum. Remember that with all things in
you can add to the curriculum but never take away.

Find a strong mentor if possible, but if that is not possible reopen
with your education department at school, fellow graduates, and of
this list.

Keep a list whenever possible of supplies you wished you had, supplies
ran out of faster than you thought, and supplies that didn't work for
You will certainly draw a blank when you are asked to order supplies
little money I might add).

Keep your eye open for freebies (i.e. candles from churches for batik,
center matts from framing stores, boxes from the supermarket). Students
to learn that making art doesn't necessarily COST a lot of money.

Be honest with students. Avoid "because I said so", and give reasons for
your actions. Students can be very forgiving. I start my disciplining
conversations with "we don't do THAT in the art studio because" (which
covers everything from physical, mental misbehaving)

Have a sense of humor with them and yourself. One learns a heck of a lot
from mistakes.

Teach students to be reflective about their art, and YOU be reflective
your teaching.

Call parents, reach out to the community, both in school and out.

Take pictures of everything your kids do, and submit to local papers
with a brief written explanation.

Keep up with the paperwork demanded by your school system. Make sure
you do
things on time from lesson plans to posting grades. (sometimes
administration concentrates on paperwork regardless of how great the art
work looks or how many kids are engaged.)

Get a sense of how the administration feels about your surroundings.
Look at
the building itself. Does it need art hanging up, are there plenty of
bulletin boards? Will your principal cringe at a messy art room?

I recommend developing and using rubrics when grading. Students will
them as a 'fair' way to grade, and if handed out prior to the project
will see the work will be stronger than if you articulated what you
but they didn't have
something in front of them to contstantly refer to.

Work with other art teachers in your school system to develop a strong
and SEQUENCE chart. Ask to see one, again if there isn't one, volunteer
help make one.

Take any change you find in your car, purse, sofa and start a savings
account from which you will draw out money to buy supplies. Believe me
will be buying something, whether it's glue because you ran out, or
because there are 34 kids and you only 12 scissors.

Volunteer for committees, let people see that art teachers have brains,
problem solve and are just as (or in some cases) more academic than the
"academic" courses.

San D
-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Henneborn []
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2004 11:53 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: End of Year Thanks and requesting input from beginning
Dale congratulations on a successful first year. from what I have read
from you you are an excellent teacher.

I have been asked to present a special session at the NJ art educator's
conference in October for the pre-service future art educators. I am
saving your post to hand out to them. You really summed up why they
will benefit from a connection with this group. I will suggest they
start participating while they are still studying.

This is a request for Dale and all other beginning teachers. What
would you have wanted to know before you were thrust out into the
classroom. I remember the best advice I got was from the librarian the
week before graduation. He said, "This is my graduation advice to you.
   Make friends with the custodian from the first day!"
   Sharon ~ NJ
On Saturday, May 22, 2004, at 08:34 AM, Dale wrote:

> Wow! My first year of school ended yesterday and I am trying to take
> it all
> in. I want to say thank you to everyone on this board for helping me
> complete this year successfully. Being able to communicate with other
> art
> teachers has been invaluable, whether I was actively posting or
> following
> discussions or reading the archives this board. This has broadened my
> perspective and helped me to plan and solve problems. The sharing that
> occurs here is incredible.
> Dale in Tn