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Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: October 18, 2009


From: Kimberly Ans (kans_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 19 2009 - 08:38:55 PDT

Amen to that! I have been teaching for 10 years and have taken on
three student teachers and only one understood how to behave in a
professional manner (probably due to the fact her mother was also a
teacher) My second student teacher hid the fact that he had lost the
majority of student work that he had collect in to mark and then gave
fictional marks based on projects (5 or 6 projects if memory serves)
they had never done. My final and last student teacher ever (!!!) was
an "artist" that couldn't manage a classroom, refused to listen to me
(I am younger than she) said that I was "picking" on her and then
after she quit the program spent months running around our small town
talking trash about me and spreading lies. So much so i had perfect
stranger walking up to me on the street telling me what a horrible
person I am.

 A big part of the problem is that many of the student teacher that
are coming through our local colleges teacher ed program were unable
to get into the major university programs and applied to the local
program because it was easy to get into. I will never again take on
another student teacher.

> RE: Accepting Student Teachers
>   I've become super-picky about accepting student teachers. Although
> I use to receive requests nearly every semester, requests have slowed
> down since I've "put it out there" that I only seriously consider
> candidates with either an art undergraduate degree or comparable
> experience, like a former career as an artist. This may seem harsh,
> but the typical art ed programs in our area only require 2-4 studio
> classes, not nearly enough!!! I spent so much time teaching teacher
> candidates how to do clay, or print, or use Illustrator, etc., that I
> felt like a professor myself. I think our position as art teachers
> encompasses so much---knowledge of tons of media, technology, art
> history, plus how to write curriculum, assess, etc., that most 4 year
> undergraduate programs would leave teaching candidates with gaps.
> (Plus, my own background is a BFA, followed by 14 years as a
> professional artist before happily going to grad school and becoming a
> teacher.)
> Lois G.
> --
> Life is short, art is long...-Hippocrates

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