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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1001

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Wed, 21 Oct 1998 21:41:03 EDT

Hello and welcome to teaching!
For me, during the school year I am teacher first, artist second (or third or
fourth). Teaching takes absolutely all of my energy and it is important enough
to me that I am willing to put that kind of energy into it. In the summer, I
make art. Does my art suffer? Of course -- if I devoted all my energy to my
art, it would be better -- I would have the time to grow and evaluate. But I
would not have the joy of knowing and interacting with my students. If you
feel you are really going to have to give up something essential to you,
perhaps you shouldn't teach. If the teaching is just a job to support your
real work, you probably won't be very good at it. I'm not intending to sound
negative, but this takes a lot of soul searching and I have had 12 student
teachers, many of whom have had to deal with this dilemma.
Good luck!
Marcia Thompson