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Good luck in the upcomming year. I teach K-12 art, in one building with
about 500 kids total. I do prefer grades 7 and up to the elementary.
It seems as if I can realy teach rather than spending time with loose
teeth, runny noses, lining up etc.. Yet secondary comes with a
different set of problems. Grading, backtalk, schedule changes,
I feel that the first days set the tone for the entire year. I pass out
a syllabus. They know first hand what my policies are. I treat them
like adults and expect they to act this way. If I show my respect they
will show theirs.
Lab fees are nice too. You can buy more supplies to try more advanced
things. It's fun. Consider and art club too!
Art fairs are easier. Students matt and hang their own work. They are
much more competitive. (With grades and awards).
I love high school. I'm sure you will too!!
Lots of luck to you.