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want to augment
those subjects in my art classes through my curriculum. I don't believe
I am qualified
to teach reading or math as a subject, non do I have the drive or
passion I think it takes
to teach those subjects well. >>
This is an interesting thread and I just have to add my 2 cents. I have
recently taken a position as Arts Specialist in a school system that has not
had art at the elementary level for about 20 years. I am responsible for
piloting the new Integrated Arts Program at 4 elementary schools this year.
I am at each school for a quarter and in that time I am to meet with
teachers, go over their course of study and decide how to integrate art into
This was incredibly intimidating at first. Woody, you really expressed it
well...I too feel that I am not qualified to teach reading or math as a
subject (or science, for that matter)! What I am able to do is complement
the regular classroom teacher's plans with art lessons that speak to specific
themes, concepts, skills, time periods, etc. As it stands currently, the
classroom teacher and I are to co-teach. At the very least the teachers
participate in the art activity.
It is an interesting process, and has met with varying degrees of success.
The classroom teachers have been asking for an art program for many years.
The response so far has been good among the teachers, great among the
students. As for me, I have my good days (teaching solid forms in geometry
to first grade today was good), and my bad days (the third graders who have
had little opportunity to paint, and even less to mix colors ended up
fingerpainting....not exactly what I had in mind for my lesson on color
mixing, fractions, and mathematical sentences).
I would be really interested in other programs that are attempting to
integrate the arts. The model for the plan we have adopted was Duckberry
School in Columbus, Ohio. It was truly inspirational and feel I could use
some inspiration right about now.
Thanks for listening,
Oregon City Schools
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