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alternate route


Date: Sun Oct 01 2000 - 05:11:08 PDT

I am an alternate route person who also is in the process of finishing my MA
in Art Ed. I had been in the classroom (including the art room) for many
years volunteering and was half way through my masters when an opportunity
came up and I got into the alternate certification program in my state. I
found it interesting in a theoretical sense. But now being on my second
year...I found both programs completely inadequate!!! I am in the process of
finishing my thesis and am making a recommendation to my advisor (who is head
of the art ed dept. where I am attending school) that MA Art ED students be
given a choice: either do a thesis research project or research and write an
entire year's K-5 sequential curriculum!!! I have to say, the most difficutl
part of my job is coming up with the hundreds of lessons I teach...and making
sure I hit all the important information. In my school district..there is
basically no curriculum (very vague) and most teachers teach to their
personal strengths and philosophy. Very difficult!!!