> From: Bunki Kramer <bkramer.us>
> To: artsednet.edu
> 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.
> Bunki Kramer
> Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd.
> Danville, California 94526