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> I am an elementary art teacher k-6, and I also teach grade 9 studio in art. .
> I am writing to find out what the "common parctice" is among my peers. I
> have been at my job now going into my 7th year. A new teacher who just got
> tenure got in my face and started demanding certain things:
> that I create projects around thanksgiving, xmas, easter, moms and dads days
> MORE IMPORTANTLY he is insisting that I "frame " or "mat" these projects for
> these occasions.
> Christine in Binghamton NY
Christine - Who is this officious bozo, and what authority does he have over
you? I would throw it back as: "Do you want pretty products or do you want
the kids to learn about art? I am qualified to do this and you are not!"
You might also bring up the curriculum as an issue. Can you deliver your
curriculum entirely through "school art" thematic work? Finally, since you
seem to have a good relationship w/ the principal, encourage Mr. Mat to go
there, then encourage the principal to develop a spine & draw some limits
for this person. - Dennis in Wyo.
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