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Re: Art student teachers

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Sat, 7 Nov 1998 13:08:04 EST

I have had 14 student teachers and have loved all but one of them. Two things
I do that I think are sucessful--one is to respect the style and personality
of the individual and to help them use their strenghths to teach, not just
becoming a clone of me! The other, more tangible thing is to make them (yes, I
usually have to insist upon this) shadow a student for one whole day. This
really opens their eyes to what a student's life is like outside the art room.
In our middle school, it also allows them to see 7 different teaching styles
and how students have to adapt during the day. They have to eat lunch with the
kids that day and go out for recess too. They always hate to have to leave the
art room for a day (and I hate to have them leave), but invariably say that it
is one of the most valuable experiences of their student teaching. Oh, two
other things -- take lots of pictures for them to use in their portfolios and
set up a video camera a couple of times while they are teaching. Let them
watch the tape alone and save it if they want.