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It is clear you have a very good attitue. I agree, and as someone once =
said, attitude isn't everything it's the only thing. Unfortunately, most =
new teachers are full of energy and desire but lack the knowledge to =
deal with all the "non art issues that they bring with them and that =
they encounter in their students."
I have believed for a long time that in all the classes on art =
instruction and studio techniques, art teachers, need a "holistic" =
approach to the teaching of students through the visual arts. Within =
this curriculum there would be courses on handeling anger and =
frustration and anxiety. In addition, techniques for developing and =
maintaining a good attitude would be included.=20
If the teacher isn't happy or fullfilled, the course isn't going to be =
very strong, but at the same time, most teachers are not trained to =
handle the many challenging situations that they will encounter. Most =
are unaware of what to do when they aren't enjoying teaching.
We have file cabinets of wonderful ideas and projects that fail because =
of a lack of understanding of what makes a kid tic and what makes them =
go along with or resist us.
I noticed after teaching a fairly short time, It wasn't a good idea for =
me to act on instinct. The automatic reactions that seemed so natural =
toward the misbehavior, etc. of the average art classroom would lead me =
astray. After a while I realized the natural thing to do or say wasn't =
always the best thing to do or say.
It's a shame most of us have to learn these lessons the hard way and I =
have a feeling we loose a lot of potentially wonderful teachers who love =
art and are simply unable to overcome the resistance of the typical =
classroom full of students who are enrolled in art. =20
Anyway, just some thoughts about teaching and what I have learned in the =
20 years I have been teaching.