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Re: [teacherartexchange] How do you teach a principal?


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 19 2006 - 17:17:48 PDT

I had a principal who thought it would be "funny" to poke his finger in a
student's clay project. I went in his office and told him that the student
had worked very hard to get her project to that point and that he had put
her a day behind the other students due to his actions. I was furious but
managed to maintain a professional attitude. My principal was a former music
teacher, but it was obvious he felt the visual arts were just not that
important. That is when I started keeping my door locked, closing it when
class began. It was a pain at first, but I have maintained that practice for
the past two years. Oh, and that "funny" principal - well, he ticked off
several people and was fired at the end of the year. :-)
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> My principal came into my eighth grade, year-long classroom yesterday, and
> within ten minutes had de-motivated several art students with comments
> and/or body language, about their work. We've just finished mobiles of
> birds, made from flat reed and paper. Several are beautiful, and several
> are awkward--but hey, they're eighth graders. My principal has no warm
> feelings towards the visual arts, probably because she was brought up in a
> rural area herself. (She has a Ed.D, though, so she should know about
> motivation.) In the interests of my students, I'm thinking of preparing a
> document for dissemination school-wide, about comments that are
> APPROPRIATE to art students.

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