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[teacherartexchange] I don't believe it...

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 16:54:41 PDT


Well, I found out more info today, and it totally threw me for a loop. I got
to the school only to find out that I am no longer teaching ceramics and do
not have an art room. I will be teaching out of a history classroom without a
sink or storage. I can't believe it...though I guess I should by now. This
is obviously the way the school system works. They had only one art teacher
last year and hired three more this year. One is in the ceramics lab, which is
awesome, and the other two (including me) are upstairs in regular classrooms.
There is another art room...so nice and big, but they are using it for the
ESE students.

So I totally panicked today...had to fight off the tears all day. I didn't
get anything accomplished because I suddenly felt so overwhelmed. The other
art teachers are so experienced and knowledgeable, and it makes me feel very
self-conscious and insecure. The other upstairs art teacher just brushed it off,
already started thinking of things she would do...and I just felt lost. I
couldn't think straight, so I decided to focus on things that I knew how to
do...like driving all the way to my storage to dig out all of the 2D stuff I had
put away. The only thing I accomplished was putting up some butcher paper and
borderd on my bulletin boards. I spent the rest of the time worrying or
talking with the other art teachers trying to devise a plan. I feel like i wasted
the day.

I'm trying to think of the positives:

I have three other art teachers to help me out.
I have a second computer in my room for the students to use.
I can possibly adapt some of my middle school lessons to the high school.
The school is closer to my house than my last school.
I will be making more money because I'm teaching an extra period.
I will have full benefits.
I have heard that the kids are pretty well behaved.
The building doesn't have a bad smell, and the temperature of my room is
quite comfortable.

So it's back to the drawing board...and the kids arrive on Monday. I'll have
all of my classes, 45 minutes each for the first two days and then it will be
the regular block schedule on Wednesday. I am now thinking of definitely
having them keep a sketchbook and coming up with some drawing/journaling rituals.
 I guess we can do altered books and stuff now...so I need to start searching
for some really exciting lessons for high school. I need to keep my wits
about me!

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