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Re: [teacherartexchange] Still needing more help...


Date: Thu Aug 18 2005 - 19:04:12 PDT

Thanks for the advice. I have told the administration about my issues. When
I told the director about the girls on the floor, her eyes widened. She said
she'd do what she could, but I've heard that a lot. This is a brandnew
school, so everything is in chaos. I have a feeling that the woes of the art
teacher fall to the bottom of the list. I also told her that I have hardly any
supplies. I got so annoyed that I went out to the store tonight to buy pencils
and large construction paper for my kids so that they can make their
sketchbooks tomorrow and actually start learning something useful. It's a charter
school, so there is no union support. The administration tries to be supportive,
but they are stretched thin as well. The students have to bring their bags to
my classroom. They don't have lockers yet, which is a real problem. I can't
leave them in the hallway because it is always packed with kids...too
dangerous. Walkmans are strictly forbidden. I feel really limited right now. If I
was a seasoned teacher, I'd probably be fine and simply get creative...but I
don't have the energy to get creative. It's 10:02, and I'm just now trying to
figure out my lesson for tomorrow. I'm supposed to turn in seven lesson plans
by tomorrow, but that's just not possible. I don't even have my gradebook set
up yet because everyday I'm still getting new kids and new classes. I've
never been so tired!

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