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Re: Teachers are reluctanct to change?

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Christine Merriam (
Sat, 28 Nov 1998 21:17:07 -0700

>>>>Liyan Wang asked:
>>>1) what's your response to the different positions that researchers and
art teachers seem to take?<<<<

In my experience, researchers are great people to get ideas from, and I enjoy
the dialogue of the "ivory tower". On the other hand, most published
researchers are not in an art classroom full time. This slants their
perceptions... one just cannot comprenend it unless you live it. That
perspective has helped me.

>>>2) what motivates you to use ArtsEdNet, and how does this work or not work
for you?

ArtsEdNet is... like an awesome teachers lounge where we can really
communicate. I go to the teachers lounge in my school for lunch every day. I
try to tell people how much I learn from the discussions here, and most of my
colleagues look at me like I am from Venus :) Nothing new there! I get ideas
for new lesson plans, feedback on my ideas, and am even making a few online
penpals. Also, if a person needs to rant on an art ed related situation, they
get the support they need to deal with it, at least I have.

>>>3) Any personal stories of your learning/struggling process while
usingbcomputers in your art teaching

Yes!!! I am still struggling with a way to effectively use one LCIII Mac in a
class of 25 students that I see once a week for 45 minutes. It is like having
one slate and one piece of almost worn out chalk. I have tons of ideas, but
they do not fit the limitations imposed by the hardware, tech support, and
administration of my school. I will let the list know when things change!

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School