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One way I get motivated is to attend great summer workshops for art
educators. The one at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia is the
best I have attended. Tried to go this summer but it was already full. In
1995 there were over 400 art educators there from 48 states and 8 countries.
The best thing about it was that they had everyone turn in their favorite
lesson plan and then compiled them in a binder for each of us at the end of
the workshop. What a gift! One of the best things I've ever run across in 18
years of teaching, except maybe this website. I am the only high school art
teacher in my city school system, only one other in the county school system,
so often feel isolated.
If you aren't familiar with Harry Wong, an educator from California with 38+
years of experience, he has WONDERFUL motivational material. My school system
had an inservice where we watched one of Mr. Wong's videos. Many of the best
teachers at my high school now teach by the Wong principles. What a
difference it makes in the classroom management, discipline, learning, and
our stress levels! Wish I had been told these common sense, easily
applicable ideas before my 16th year in education. Harry Wong has a great
book, "The First Day of School" written for first year teachers, but every
teacher who is looking for self improvement should read it. Wong's book is
short, typed in huge print and written on about a 6th grade reading level so
it is not much of a time commitment to read. I have notes I took from the
book, videos and audio tapes along with specific ways I implemented the ideas
in my classroom I'll share with you if interested.
Teaching art classes is I guess like anything else; The more you put in to it
the more you get out of it. What a rewarding, exciting and constantly
Mary Jane Young
T. R. Miller High School