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Re: Elementary Class Load help needed

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Apr 06 2003 - 09:58:14 PDT


It's pretty heavy to have 500 kids at a time. I once met a teacher who
taught in SEVEN SCHOOLS!!! She saw them 30 minutes a month, never knew
their names,had no storage, etc. What a joke! If you have art rooms in
both schools, and if you could have an aid, it wouldn't be as bad as
WORST CASE scenario....you would see them 40 minutes a week,right? But
you would probably not have much planning or prep time, or much time
between classes. How many classes a day will you have? I would not do
it without an aid, for sure. But what is the reason for your new job
description? Budget cuts? Here's another dilemma...with budget cuts in
so many areas, are affected teachers to give up the ghost and not have
art at all, or make these slash and cut compromises to at least have
SOME art for kids? Hard times. And how much stress are we willing to
go through, how little money are we willing to live on to LET our kids
have art in these areas? Maybe it is time for some in the worst hit
areas to open private after school/Saturday art classes to make a living
and fill a need. Gosh, it's more important than ever that our programs
are so good that parents would really miss them if this were to happen
in our own schools. Surely lots of parents in these art slashed areas
are DYING to have their kids take art! I have never taught art
privately, but I have watched others in my area build a great business
through afterschool and Saturday art classes. One has been going for
years and is very solid. I'm sure it's tremendous work, though, to keep
advertising and recruiting through schools, art stores, etc. One of
these people has opened a second location and her classes are always
full. She charges about 300 bucks a semester, and kids are in groups of
6-10 per class. She has slumber parties where they paint a mural every
now and then (kids LOVE that!) and she has managed somehow to have art
shows in a large prominent office building's gallery every year. Word
of mouth keeps her going pretty well now, and I refer kids who want
extra art to her all the time. It sure didn't happen overnight, though.
If you CAN find a job with better hours, more time for kids, fewer
students, by all means, do it. But if not and you really DO want this
job, talk them into an aid. Some of your parents might even volunteer
if money is too tight for your district. I have parents volunteering
right and left in my school. All I need to do is say the word. They
could cut paper, mix stuff, hang art, etc. What about storage, though?
Will you have storage? That's something I can't imagine living without,
as I hardly have a one day project in my whole curriculum!

Linda

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