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I'm always a sucker for a survey. Try changing your screen name, and you
might get more answers.
1) I always choose art education because my teachers told me I was great in
art, and my parents told me I'd make a great teacher. I did a eight year stint
with commercial art. I thought advertising was so glamorous. Also, I'm an only
child and loved to deal with other adults in a business association. When
commercial art switched to eight hours on a computer dealing with pagemaker
software, it got pretty boring.
2) Art education doesn't teach you how to how to effectively conduct a
classroom of 30 plus students in the later elementary years. They also need to
be taught: good clean up skills, listening skills, respect for tools,
respecting the space of others, and overall manners! I might sound like a
witch about this, but kids are just not taught these things at home anymore.
Positive reinforcement is a biggie for those that are trying their best! I
reward fifth graders by cleaning up after a 32 plus class of 45 minutes has
ended. I don't have breaks in between. I give them bags of popcorn for their
3) Make it mandatory that only second through fifth graders take art. It
gives me more time for planning in between classes. Also, it gives
kindergarten and first graders more time for reading, recess, and sleeping. My
kindergartners are sleepy people at the end of the day.
Hoped I helped you