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Lesson Plans

Re: business people running schools

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Tue, 28 Dec 1999 19:41:30 EST

Unfortunately it's a rare thing when an administrator understands teaching
art. Comparing art to PE shows me that he thinks of you as "Specials"
instead of a course of study. I often have told people that teaching art is
more like teaching a science lab....discussions...getting supplies
out...running the experiment (or creating the project) putting supplies away
and recap what you have learned. I always have a chuckle when the science
teacher is exhausted when she has two or three labs.
I have had a new principal for the last two years. I view it as my mission
to teach her about art no matter what. I don't whine...but I do put all
sorts of advocacy stuff in her box (and to the rest of the staff). Invite
them into your classroom when something exciting is going on....exp if it
ties in with another subject...unfortunately they often don't appreciate art
for arts sake. I also make sure we are well represented on all
committees...even if it's relevance isn't easily recognizable. Teacher's
were stunned when we asked to be involved with a workshop on how to improve
test scores for LA and Math.
One last thing...try to get away from calling
yourselves..."Specials"...implies...non essential....extra! When someone
calls us the term "Special" ..I am a bit cheeky and say..."Special Ed or
Fine Arts?

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