I have always felt that I was born to be a teacher, and I have been one for over 40 years. It seemed quite natural to move from Year 12 to Art School, and I did with ease. I enjoyed my tertiary education far more than my secondary experiences.
I had the opportunity for other career paths in retail management and graphic design, but I had my heart set on teaching and so teaching it was!
These days I teach adults, not children having retired from the classroom almost 6 years ago.
As you can imagine, there have been many changes over those 4 decades, mostly in the negative. Why has society been so hell bent on denying children the opportunity to BE CHILDREN before they reach adolescence? Why are we spoiling our kids, giving them all they want without any responsibility? Where’s respect gone?
For me, the 70s and 80s were the ‘golden years’ of high school art teaching. I moved to secondary college teaching in the 90s, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In 2003 I returned to high school teaching until my (early) retirement in 2005. My latter years were more about crowd control than teaching. What’s happened with our education system and with our society? I’m glad I only teach adults these days. Their enthusiasm and appreciation is all I need to keep me motivated.
Teaching adults art is not about ‘doing what I say’. It’s about releasing the creativity we all have inside. Some have more than others, but we all want to say something, and art is an excellent way of expressing one’s feelings.
More on Friday.