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[teacherartexchange] the rollercoaster


Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 18:40:13 PDT

Jesus, we are now back to trying to teach a ceramics program. The latest is
that 250 parents called in complaining (duh), and now three teachers are
supposed to rotate the ceramics room. THis means that each of my ceramics classes
might get to use the room once a week. Their work will sit there on a shelf
for a week before they can work on it again. We will have three teachers, 13
classes of at least 30 kids each, trying to create work and get it fired. We
will swap out one day, one teacher will be in the room for that
period, then she'll swap with me for the next period (use my room and teach
drawing or something) and then maybe swap out with the third teacher...I don't even
know. Has anyone done anything like this before? I suppose it will be like
working from a cart. I'll be teaching four ceramics classes and three 2D
classes. The ceramics ones will get some time in the lab and then be stuck doing
2D work or history on the days they can't get into the lab. I really don't
know how this is going to work. I feel sick about it...and I'm starting graduate
school tomorrow night! Such bad timing. I was basically told today that I
need to make it work because I was hired to teach ceramics and would not have a
job otherwise. This is making me really nervous about next year. If they
don't want the same disaster next year, they will most likely limit the ceramics
classes. Then they won't need me, and I'll be out of a job. The other art
teacher told me that she could understand my concern because she could see it
happening. I hate this rollercoaster. I just want to work in a good school.
have supplies and an art room, and stay there for a long time. Is that too
much to ask for? I guess it is. I have no supplies either...just some colored
pencils that my mom picked up from Office Depot.

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