I am also thankful for this forum that joins preservice, inservice and
higher learning art educators...it seems to be an effective method for
reducing our isolation from one another. Since becoming an assistant
professor, I have been sort of sensitive when teachers proclaim that
professors don't remember what it's like to be "in the trenches." I
do. I'm still out there trying to help my student teachers as they
discover effective ways to problem-solve in their classes.
I'm going to answer James Saunder's questionairre off line, but I do
want to share with everyone that I think art teachers are benefitting
from early adoption of computer technology. It reinforces the fact
that we are resourceful, multifaceted improvisational people. The best
art teachers I've seen use content from many disciplines in order to
teach their students. The best art teachers are constant learners,
picking up every rock and turning it over, looking for new ideas to
share with their students. For this reason, the internet is an ideal
vehicle for providing information.
I think the work that Terry and Sydney have done this year has been
instrumental in changing the way I am preparing future teachers...even
as important as the classes I was fortunate to have taken from them
and all of their research i have read. I hope the Getty continues to
provide scholars so we can draw upon their expertise. This is the next
best thing to being a student. It's almost as easy as stopping by an
office for a chat.