Hello everybody, back this week with a new episode of Teaching in the Arts featuring CPS elementary school art teacher, Kate Chrisman. Teachers are supposed to treat their students equally. There are no favorites, no teachers pets, and I think the same goes for podcasters and their guests. Every guest is my favorite- so far there is a 24 way tie for first place in the category of Teacher Man’s favorite guest. That said, I might now have a favorite among equals, and that’s this week’s guest, Kate Chrisman.
I only met Kate moments before we got behind the mics, but we hit it off immediately. Besides teaching in the arts in common, we both have special needs younger siblings- we talk about that on the podcast. Mostly we discuss the hard work that goes into being an elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system. The hours Kate (and all the teachers) work, and the tasks they have to do (she is technically off for the summer, but she is out buying school supplies) makes my college teaching gig a breeze by comparison.
I was happy to hear that things weren’t as bleak in the CPS arts world as I had imagined. Kate explains. We also talk about the Five Pillars of Hip Hop. (Who knew there were five?) And near the end of the podcast, Kate asks me about teaching young students, and invites me to her class room. It’s a great chat. Kate keep doing the good work, your students and school are lucky to have you.
Here are some samples of Kate at work, and her work as an artist.
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