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Lesson Plans

Re: artist as teacher vs. teacher

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Thu, 23 Oct 1997 21:09:51 -0400 (EDT)

a few thoughts on your issue - I deal with similar things as I travel from
room to room as an art on the cart teacher. Many well meaning teachers are
negative and disruptive.
Does the teacher have to stay in the class when you teach? If she leaves it
is easier to change the classroom style.
The teacher is probably just trying to encourage the kids to follow
directions accurately - not a bad thing, (kids have a hard time developing
good listening skills) but art is different in a way (although they still
need to pay attention and listen), maybe you could discuss this with the
teacher at a time when the students aren't present. I think it is important
to appreciate her good intentions as misguided and annoying as they may be.
Try to have a variety of samples of your project that show the different ways
the directions can be followed. I would put an emphasis on the different
ways, that way when a student's work is different he IS following directions.

good luck!
:) Laura Allan