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Re: artist as teacher vs. teacher....the meeting

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Thu, 6 Nov 1997 09:32:23 -0700

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Dear ArtsEdNetter,

Well yesterday I met with the teacher. Overall, I think it went well.

She expressed the changes she would like to make. The two major changes are:
1. spend less time on the art project.
She actually wanted to do away with the art project completely, and just do
the slides and talking about art and art history. I encouraged her to keep
the project in. She obliged, just less time to do so. (Better than

2. spend more time on the music.
I always have some related music playing in the background of our project,
for atmosphere mostly. She wants to have the kids listen to the music for a
moment, talk about that too. I'm fine with that, althought a music expert
i'm not!

I think these two changes exhibit even further her insecurity and need for
control, and how she may be threatened by me. She wants to downplay my area
of expertise and increase the area I know very little about. Whatever.
Understanding that is half the battle for me. I will continue to be upbeat
and positive and work on this program being a success, no matter what. All
I know is people are talking, and it's all good.

She expressed that next year she is going to use my curriculum to teach to
her classes in the future. I was flattered, but I tried to encourage her to
go the administration and rally for hiring me as the "On Site Art Teacher".
She had a pretty negative attitude about the chances for that happening. I
intend to continue to think positive.

The meeting was civil, thankfully, and my goal was to make her my ally. I
think I achieved that. We didn't talk at all about her attitude of "right
and wrong" in the class. We stayed pretty focused on the positive and
making this work for us in the future. We agreed to meet regularly to
evaluate the program.

Next step, I'll meet with the principal to update her on the program. I'll
try to get a site on campus to display our work year round.

Then, on to the school site council.

I intend to stay positive and focused at all times. Thanks for the support.

PS The portait lesson w/ the teacher as model was a smashing success! YAHOO!

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