Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.

Lesson Plans

Re: Question

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Christine Merriam (
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 13:45:48 -0700

>>>>Sal Pienschke asked:
>do all art teachers fall under a lot of pressure to
try and teach everything they possibly can in a small amount of time.
For example, my school expects me to teach art history, the art basics,
integrating other subjects, and other special projects as well. Doesn't
this seem like a lot when seeing the students only once a week. How
does everyone else feel, and how do you cope.<<<<

Is it better to teach a lot of information in a poor to mediocre
fashion or teach less information well?

I have grappled with this due to the same issues Sal mentioned. I chose
to teach less well as I saw classloads grow and teaching time diminish.
My units are roughly based on a "set" utilizing visuals of one kind or
another... video, filmstrip, prints, real artworks. We always discuss
what we saw, and I lead in to the next weeks' activity which is starting
some kind of activity. When that activity is completed, the cycle starts
over. This sounds simplistic, but it keeps my sanity, and I am always
trying to find creative ways to integrate the latest educational buzz
word of the day into the lesson. A desired outcome is that students can
explain what they were learning to their parents when we have open

Guess each person must find their balance.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School