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Re: Re: new teacher at old school

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Fri, 1 Oct 1999 15:27:26 EDT

In a message dated 10/1/99 3:14:48 PM, dmortl wrote:

<<Don't you have to be certified to teach art in your school? They can't
think just because the guy is an artist, that he knows how to TEACH art...?

It depends on where you are teaching if certification is a requirement.
Although the issue of certification is not the question. There are certified
art teachers who CAN teach and certified teachers who CANNOT teach. Likewise,
I have known many artists who are born teachers, some will never be teachers
regardless of training or certification. I am an artist AND a certified
teacher. I was an artist first. The process I went through to become
"certified" made me a better teacher. However, I was a good teacher before
all the classes.
I think it is ironic that most college professors in fine art departments or
many other academic areas are not certified teachers. They have a terminal
degree in their field. As you probably noticed, some teach well, some teach