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We need to constantly project the concept that ART is verrrry important to the
student's intellectual development, etc. and stand our ground when it is not
treated with respect.
Now when I find a teacher that cannot take the hint, I will ask them to stay
and participate in my lesson so they can be enlightened. I also give them a
mini review of what the class has done when they come to pick them up. Once
they see I have definite curriculum and objectives that are taught, they seem
to "understand" that art is not busywork.
In other words, I actively involve the teachers in the lessons.