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Lesson Plans

Continuing Education

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Ralph and Gretchen (schultz)
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 09:17:07 -0600

I'm new to the list, read it every day (almost) and I have some
experience on this subject.

I've returned to K-12 teaching this year after 20-plus years of being
away from it as a certified (in two states) teacher. Four years ago I
earned my MFA. I have taught briefly at the college level. So getting
this present job was not a problem. I am, however, slightly out of
touch with new learning theories, as I found out during a recent
classroom observation. Nevertheless, I am forging ahead in the best way
I know how, having great fun in the classroom (I teach in a small, rural
school), continuing to learn a lot every day and not feeling too "snowed
under", depending on a given day.... I, too, never expected that there
would be so many "extra" duties, paperwork and mind-boggling
trivialities. It does take a lot of inner strength to rise above it
all. My colleagues are, for the most part, supportive of each other and
very professional.

So, for what it's worth: I think if a teacher wants to elevate their pay
scale and stay in K-12, then an MA is adequate. I earned an MFA because
I wanted to teach at the college level, but haven't had success at
landing a permanent position at that level (I've been leading a rather
nomadic life up until last year). My degree is in painting and I have
subsequent training in printmaking so, for now, I emphasize those areas
in my curriculum - go with your strengths, right? I think the kids
appreciate what I'm trying to teach them, although not many, if any, of
them want to pursue art in further studies. I admit I'm a little shaky
in the area of DBAE, but I'm learning. Having courses in art ed has
helped me somewhat now, but was probably more relevant in the 70s and
80s. I have never had a degree in art ed, I have a BA (1969) and then
took the education courses later.

Anyone out there have any info on current education theory? Even
writing objectives has changed since I first studied them. I'd
appreciate any (short) readings on the subject.

Thank you in advance. Gretchen

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