O'Brien Tyrrell on tue 20 feb 01
After a 9 year hiatus from teaching, making pots, I accepted a position =
teaching high school pottery. Last year I made some curriculum changes, =
and this year the same. I am at a point where I need to start making =
more changes. I teach pottery 1, advanced and have some students taking =
the advanced class for a second and third time. I have had some changes =
made by having the repeat advanced classes designated as "independent =
study". One of my concerns is that I need to try to very carefully =
coordinate all of these classes in an organized format, and the more I =
try to fine tune, the more I seem to work in circles.
If anyone has any information...lesson plans...curriculums, etc. I would =
really appreciate some direction.=20
Thank you in advance for any help!=20
O'Brien Tyrrell =20
mum on wed 21 feb 01
I haven't taught high school pottery. Just handbuilding to 4H kids.
I just picked up some old issues of Ceramics Monthly at the library book sale and in the 10/94 issue there's a nice article about a high school ceramics teacher. If you have old issues lying around it's nice to read. Does have some good ideas about school work. My issue has some pages missing and cut up but if you can't find a whole
copy somewhere else I'd be willing to xerox what is still here and snail mail it to you.
john elder on wed 21 feb 01
Hello O'Brien, I think it is great that you are helping the students to
become aware of clay. I taught HS art including pottery for 20 years and
then decided to make more pots just for myself. My philosophy was to try and
make the students as independent and responsible for their own work as I
could. I think your idea of having the repeat advance students work a
"independent study unit" is a great idea. I am sure that all your students
could tell you their favorite musicians or bands, could they tell you their
favorite ceramic artist (potter) and what it is they like about their work?
It is important to have technique but once that is done they should be
allowed to explore their own directions.
You seem very committed to your students (thus the posting), work with your
students and let them know that you don't know all the answers but the
answers to "their" questions are "out there" and you will help or direct
them on how to find them.
I know that this seems a little flowery and I am not giving you lesson
plans or a curriculum. I am giving you a little of what worked for me and my
kids....two college ceramics profs, a couple of potters and lots of working
artist all believing that they could do it.
>From: O'Brien Tyrrell
>Reply-To: Ceramic Arts Discussion List
>Subject: High School Pottery Programs
>Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 21:17:43 -0600
>After a 9 year hiatus from teaching, making pots, I accepted a position
>teaching high school pottery. Last year I made some curriculum changes,
>and this year the same. I am at a point where I need to start making more
>changes. I teach pottery 1, advanced and have some students taking the
>advanced class for a second and third time. I have had some changes made
>by having the repeat advanced classes designated as "independent study".
>One of my concerns is that I need to try to very carefully coordinate all
>of these classes in an organized format, and the more I try to fine tune,
>the more I seem to work in circles.
>If anyone has any information...lesson plans...curriculums, etc. I would
>really appreciate some direction.
>Thank you in advance for any help!
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