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Lesson Plans

Just stuff

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Thu, 30 Sep 1999 22:48:34 EDT

Hello to you all,
I am new to this posting of ideas, but not new to Art Education. I have
seventeen years of classroom art experience with children in grades K-5, with
a long term substitution for middle schoolers. Yes I still have my hair
(lots of it) and although sanity can be considered relative, I still have
most of that, too.
I have enjoyed these last two days of postings. I have not participated
until now, because I wanted to observe how the process works. This group
sounds like a lot of fun--I have seen some thoughtful responses to problems,
and creative suggestions and LOTS of great ideas. I'll let you pick my brain
anytime, but some days, the pickins' can be mighty slim. Especially on days
when I have had only Kindergarten and First grade classes and I'm totally
wiped out. They are a lot of fun, though, but require a lot of energy.
So in response to several postings I have seen, I'd like to leave you
with this little thought. I don't remember if this is the exact wording, or
who said it, but it goes something like this:
"We the unwilling led by the unknowing are doing the impossible for the
ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little that we are now
qualified to do anything with nothing."

Maybe you will look at it when you have had a stressful day, need a little
empathy, or find that your budget has depleted itself mysteriously before the
end of the school happens...Although I don't agree at ALL times
with the first part of the statement, I will say that I do agree with the
latter part...I have found that art teachers will find some way to do
anything, and most times, with nothing....... I'm glad to be one, and I see
so many of you here who seem to be, too.

Perspective, determination, patience and a sense of humor--
All the best to you.

P.S. My name is Paula