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Re: setting up dark room (my vent)


From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Nov 17 2003 - 12:14:33 PST

        Thank you for getting back with me on this issue. I'm so
glad that you were not really mad at me for what I said. When I
taught reading I was told I did a much better job than most of
the specialists in the field. Still, I should have been teaching what
I was trained to do and very passionate about. I do understand that
some small rural schools will have a hard time finding "highly qualified
teachers" in every area of study. I did a workshop in western Kansas
years ago. I teachers in attendance said "we can't possibly do what
you are doing". My response was, you shouldn't be expected to, that's
why districts hire specialists. Realistic or not, I'm a firm believer
that art should be taught by teachers trained to teach it. I told my
supervisor this morning I was concerned about this rude reply that I
sent you yesterday. She is over art, music and pe and hires lead teachers
in each of those areas to help her understand each discipline better.
Of course we are a larger district with a long history of supporting
the arts. Good luck in your new endeavor. Are you going to teach chemical
photography with a dark room and all. That is where students need to
gain a basic understanding of the medium. Yet, the world has gone digital.
Have you given thought to including digital photography.

I'm including some links to things my 8th graders did with digital images
last year:
Also a resource for working with digital images:

                                                                Good Luck, Woody in KC

Kathy Houston wrote:
> Woody I appreciate your thoughts. In our district the teachers of art ,
> music and pe are general education teachers who may or may not be
> trained in their field. ....................................... I currently teach
> art, music and pe and I am trying my best to learn as much as I can. I
> am taking classes and going to whatever workshop I can to become better
> at my job. I alos do all of the music productions as well as the fall a
> spring theatrical productions. ................................... The funny thing about
> the NCLB is that the teacher that was in
> this position was only certified k-3 and I was only going to need to
> take two reading classes to be certified K-8 I thought it was a joke too
> Woody Duncan wrote:
> >Please, I hope you don't take it the wrong way but I don't know
> >any other way to say it. One of the tenets of NCLB is to insure

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