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[teacherartexchange] cultural expectations


Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 06:20:43 PST

Hello Teachers Art Exchange,

I have my first post as a full-time teacher this year, and its going great
so far, not without its many challenges. I'm teaching grade 8 on a
reserve, camp-town really in northern (sub-arctic) Ontario. Kids are hard
wired as ESL even if English is their first language, Cree their secound,
and the school year is disrupted by all sorts of circumstances, from
school demolitions, to contaminated waters/floods, to H1N1 clinics. Math
and Language Arts is in constant practice. The short time I've been here
so far has been a great education for me. ART comes in handy in many ways
in every subject. Art class becomes a catch up class. Although I have
specific art projects too, such as, papier mache fish!

Why I am writing right now however is about international postings. There
are other teacher's out there on this list in India, and elsewhere I
suppose. Can you talk about the challenges you have and what it is to
teach Art in another culture?

For instance, while I teach the curriculum to meet regulations, I must
also consider the perspectives from which I teach and to whom I am
teaching. Teaching history from a Native perspective is a wonderful task
in researching for me, and for the kids. ITs empowering.

thanks, Lesa

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