I keep my door closed AND locked for most of the school year (only exception
is when it gets unbearably hot and we need some air flow) for many reasons.
First, I feel my students and I are less likely to be interrupted by stray
students from other classes that wander off from classes they are supposed
to be attending and want to "drop in" to socialize with my group (which does
happen occasionally). Also, I can be the one to answer the knock at my own
speed...if I'm in the middle of an explanation or presentation, I can
determine at what point I can pause to go to the door. I guess the most
important reason is that I feel that we are all safer if the door IS locked
in case of an emergency (lock-down).
----- Original Message -----
From: "M. Austin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] How do you teach a principal?
>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
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids >
>> 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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