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Re: elementary art

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Mcracker (Mcracker)
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 12:28:10 EST

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Thanks for responding to my questions. I was relieved to hear from you as
after I replied I thought that perhaps my reply sounded too abrupt. In
Wisconsin, we have a very good situation in that all students have to be
taught (or at least supervised, although it is almost always direct
instruction) by an art specialist. The comment about prep time was not meant
to be sarcastic, although it easily could have been. At present, we are
fighting for a second full time elementary art specialist for a schoo of 650
students. Right now, our kids have one 45 min art class per week. We are
asking for two 45 min. classes in a 6 day rotation and think we will get it
after years of asking, because we finally have the classroom teachers on our
side. The issue? Shared prep time for the classroom teachers and equivalent
prep time with the middle and high school teachers in our disrict. In other
words, once the classroom teachers saw a benefit for themselves, they gladly
jumped on our bandwagon and convinced the administration.
can see why you want the classroom teachers in the room with you with 30+
students (our average class size is about 22). I also think they would learn
alot from particiapting in the class, but not if they are resentful of losing
the time. Do they (and you) get prep time during the day? If the relief for
that time is not covered by "specials" (art, music, phy ed , etc.) how is it
covered? Your situation does sound like a difficult and stressful one -- maybe
with some additional info, some of us can brainstorm some ways of finding some
relief for you.

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