I just got hired as the assistant principal at the middle school that I have
taught Art in for 21 years. I know that it is rare that 'one of us' becomes
'one of them' but maybe more of us should. I'd like to be the one to
challenge more Art teachers to become administrators. Perhaps we can change
the world one school building at a time. I think it is high time we started
driving this train instead of being railroaded.
I told my principal last year that if you mix all of the subjects of a
school together to bake a cake, that cake is going to taste like crap unless
you add the Art, Music, Shop, etc. 'Cause I'm the sugar baby! He laughed
but I was serious. How many kids wake up and look forward to Math? They
look forward to us. We need to flex a little muscle in our worlds. We need
to point out that we are the carrots on the sticks that lead these kids to
Just some random thoughts.
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From: "play2cre8" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2008 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Schedule
> Oh - I think you hit the nail on the head - wouldn't a reasonable
> administrator be a dream?
> My superintendent told me that when he was a teacher all he needed was
> a pencil and a book to teach (as in do you need all of the
> paper/prints and books?)... and he was surprised that the music
> teacher would have any parent meetings on conference day because he
> could see parents come in for 'a real subject' but not music. He
> thought she would have a pretty easy work day....
> Our principal - bless his heart... former assistant principal...
> former PE teacher/coach (unfortunately all at our small school... his
> planbook used to have S O C C E R written across the page - tell
> you anything?) he loves numbers/rules/procedures so he will be more
> concerned with sign out sheets in the classroom discipline cards than
> great thinking.... as long as the color coordinated schedule looks
> great - it doesn't matter what is best for the students - we have had
> that discussion.
> And our schedule (essential arts) is created to give grade level
> teachers common planning time - it doesn't matter if they have to
> double classes, regroup classes, cut time or make sure your planning
> is in 15 minute increments.... we know what your role in the school
> but I also know what my role is in a child's life - and that takes
> priority. A reasonable administrator - I know they exist...
> On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM, Marvin Bartel wrote:
>> I have found reasonable administrators will respond to reasonable
>> rationale that are based on the welfare of the students and the
>> satisfaction of parents.
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