From: Barry Teghtmeyer
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 1:50 PM
Subject: perceptions of the art teacher
I agree that for the longest time the visual arts specialist within
a school building has been looked upon as "planning time" or babysitting.
However, I feel that this perception will change somewhat if we change our
own attitudes about our position.
With the latest brain research and the importance of making
connections, we need to be willing to step outside our own classroom and
become a better resource for the classroom teacher. Yes, we not only
teach art, we teach history , math, social studies, language arts etc...
We are the biggest public relations officer for our program...Find out what
the classroom teachers are doing and make connections within our own
curriculum so that the students see the connections as well. Integration is
the key...not all the time..but just enough so that others see the
importance of what we do.
There are many students out there that are visual/spacial according
to Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence. We (classroom teachers included)
should be teaching all subjects so that it meets their needs. Don't be
afraid to have the students write in class. When doing 3-d projects,
discuss form and how that is a math concept...When creating designs discuss
symmetry and congruence. etc.. Tell your teachers that you are willing to
help out with any unit either in your classroom or as a resource within
theirs. This can be done very successfully and still teach art objectives
and goals. Don't isolate yourself....It makes all the difference in the
world in how others see you. I realize that there will still be those that
are set in their ways concerning art...but teaching cutsy projects all the
time with no connections doesn't help learning to take place. I am an art
educator with 16 years experience.. I've seen a transformation take place
when I take the initiative...I'!
m off my soap box now...Good luck!