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Re: response to Reatha's thoughts.........

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Mike Delaney (edelaney)
Mon, 25 May 1998 17:13:56 -0500

Along with not being taught in college about little things in the
classroom. This is the first year I have had to deal with violence and it
infiltrating into the classroom. How can professors think that they know
about these type of situations when we have been teaching and don't know
for sure how to deal with these situations. Our school went to an eight
block system a few years ago and this cut down on the fighting. This year
we are having more fights and students getting really hurt. This has been
the first time that students are telling others about bringing guns in the
classroom. Our students have changed so much in the last few years.
Disciline that used to work doesn't anymore. I must say though as my own
children get older and more the age of the students I teach that teaching
students gets easier for me. Teaching art though is a lot different.
Students talk about their feelings more I think during lab time. I get a
lot of that social talk too but all in all I am loving teaching high
school. I too am tired at this time of year. Enola from Indiana

> From: Bunki Kramer <>
> To:
> Subject: response to Reatha's thoughts.........
> Date: Monday, May 25, 1998 12:34 PM
> ">Drugs were not even part of the picture when I went to>school I think
> that most schools do a poor job of preparing future teachers>for the
> discipline problems."
> I echo these thoughts exactly! I whine about this time and again. The
> response I get back from college professors is generally...."We spend
> in the classroom observing all the time. We're IN the classroom."
> As art teachers in the trenches, you and I know THIS is not "being in the
> classroom". "Being there" means standing up in front of the class with
> complete control, teaching a concept, having everyone paying attention,
> giving out supplies and still maintaining control, producing the product
> and learning the technique while still in control, monitoring the class
> any disruptions while, at the same time, helping individuals, and
> up and storing products with one eye on the class (and doing it ALL at
> same time).
> AND...the big "AND"....knowing what to do when you DO have a disicipline
> problem and how to handle it when you have 34 other pairs of eyes on you.
> You don't get the "feel" if you're just observing in the classroom.
> Besides, kids act differently when there is a strange adult in the
> classroom observing.
> ">.....Drawing>what you see is copying and that is all it is."
> Yes, yes, yes. Anyone who has taught middle school/high school knows this
> to be true. My teeth clinch when someone mentions this as opposed to
> creative drawing from imagination being a better technique. There's a
> for both. You can't learn the skill of "seeing" if you're not looking to
> copy it. You can't learn where muscles are and how the fur fits together
> diff. directions without copying it. The copying technique adds to the
> creative, imaginative drawing.
> Toodles...........
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd.
> Danville, California 94526