I know how frustrating it can be to have poster contests thrust down both your throat and that of your students. That is why when my colleagues and I wrote our present curriculum three years ago, we included in it Motion #33, adopted by the National Art Education Association, which is a statement against contests and competitions. It is well-stated and logical.
Try to get ahold of a copy and present it to your school board.
<<< "Donald Peters" 10/13 9:32a >>>
Does anybody else out there have this problem? I am an elementary art
teacher 1-6, it's the ninth week of school and I have yet to teach ANY of my
curriculum to grades 3-5 because of one stupid poster contest after another
that I am "required" to do.
It is so frustrating and my students have picked up on my lack of enthusiasm
for these projects. I've been trying to keep up my enthusiasm and tried to
tie the projects in w/ a little art history and some of the elements, but
they are just so BORING!!! If I have to watch the stupid video on preventing
violence in school one more time I'll scream! (so be listening for it today
at 12:20 CDT :P )
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