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Re: SUBJECT MATTER

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Kurt Hasselman (kprs)
Fri, 02 Oct 1998 06:24:05 -0400


As with any other conversation with colleagues at the 'watercooler of life' we may
digress once in a while into what some might think of as inane subjects. BUT, as
I think there are no 'accidents' in life, all conversations are connected with who
you are as a person and ultimately who you are to your students, whether projected
through as a "teacher", "mentor", or just "that art teacher". A conversation on
furs, for example, has lead many of us to see that life is not black and white, to
eat meat or not, to wear furs or not. And so is classroom management, it is not
sit down or you are thrown out, do this or you flunk. Our conversations about a
variety of subjects help us to define who we are, and possibly see that there are
many logical and emotional answers to all those powerful questions. I think the
Getty center would agree.

If your needs are not being me with our present conversations on hurt feet,
cracked hands, and fur wearing, may I suggest two things. One is check the
archives, and look for subjects that interest you, and two, is bide your time, sit
back and be amused at our present connundrums, we will get serious soon enough, we
always do.

San D

JAGarifine wrote:

> I'm getting confused here. I'm new to this "listserve" and have never used
> this form of communication with "strangers" if you'll pardon the expression.
> I want to be conversing with a group of colleagues who share the getty goals
> for improvement of art education so that in the future there would still be
> art specialists in America's classrooms. I figure that the getty people are
> probably putting a bit of money into allowing me to converse with my peers in
> this manner and i feel a responsibility to try to post messages in regard to
> improving art education for the benefit of all. I kind of feel that a
> benevolent big brother is looking in on what we are saying and nodding
> approvingly at how we are taking time out of our extremely busy schedules to
> help each other in our common quest. I definitely thought this was a kind
> of public place where what I say is being viewed by many interested parties,
> so i want to monitor what i say and hope it will be only beneficial to all/any
> who may read it now or in the "archives". I want to be part of the record of
> what the best people in the entire teaching profession were thinking and
> saying at the end of the twentieth century. The professional content here has
> contributed to making me a better teacher this year! It helps me in my
> district, where i'm the only art specialist, to know how colleagues from
> across America are dealing with issues such as teaching children art
> aesthetics, criticism, history, design, use of technology, and studio work. I
> am also interested in traffic management in over-crowded art space, how you
> handle three or four computers in twenty-nine classes of twenty-seven students
> forty minutes once a week.
>
> Thanks for being here for me. Please enlighten me if I have a short-sighted
> view of the above.
>
> Judy in Jersey