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The other day I got 37 email posts. Many of them were introductions from
you! I'm sorry your reception wasn't very warm. Sometimes a few folks on
this list can get a bit snippy! But please don't be offended or afraid.
By way of explanation, last spring on ArtsEdNet we got a similar stream of
posts. These were from art education students in Hong Kong. They introduced
themselves one after the other, like you did. They then asked questions in
list form. Some posts had as many as ten inquiries, on very broad subjects,
such as, "What do you think of DBAE?" They got a chilly reception, too,
because none of us knew where to start or what to say. But the worse part
is the fact that we haven't heard from them since.
We invite you to stay with us! Please excuse me for boldly speaking for
the majority of participants on this list, but we DO want to hear from all
you future teachers. We need your points of view and your ideas. We need
you to share a favorite lesson, ask for help in writing a lesson, and in
general we need you to add your fresh voices!
There are a lot of good people with diverse experiences who contribute
tremendous ideas, information, jokes, and tips to the participants of this
list. Some participants have been here from the beginning of the ArtsEdNet
list, and some drift in and out, but we get to know one another by sharing
thoughts and ideas on art education related issues. We sometimes respond to
posts directly to everyone on the list, and sometimes we respond privately,
off list. Sometimes we trade materials, pictures, or books by regular
mail. It's great to meet in person at conferences, too! But not until we
first get into reading and writing about issues we find important.
I'd like to suggest a new approach. The way to make the most out of this
list is to ask a specific question or post a cool idea or an inquire for
help with an important concern. Or perhaps you could 'lurk' for a while,
reading other's posts until there is one which you feel you can respond to.
Then we'll know more than just what you're studying or what you eat. We'll
know a little bit about what you think, and THAT is what is important!
So keep in touch!
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031