I'm new at teaching art as well as fairly new to this
list, so I'm reaching out for advice from my peers and mentors.
I teach K-12 and am loving it. My problem is that my fellow
elementary teachers don't think anything of changing their class
schedules without telling me until class time. The situations have
ranged from classes not showing up at all, doubling up (two classes
instead of one) so a teacher could take off, to constantly being
late. The day the teacher showed up with two 6th grade classes at
the same time, I couldn't believe it.
In addition, all assemblies, special meetings, etc., are planned in
the afternoon when all the elementary students take their "specialty
I'm aware that some teachers in other disciplines don't consider the
"specialty" teachers (art, music, band, PE, etc) as serious lesson
planners, but this seems to be throughout the elementary.
I've spoken with my principal and explained that I have lesson plans
scheduled and it is frustrating for me when students get behind or
show up when previously cancelling. My principal says she doesn't
want to put field trips in the daily announcements because it creates
rivalries between classes.
My classes are only 30 minutes long and I meet with each class twice
weekly. ( I don't make a practice of using coloring sheets or film
showing unless it goes along with the lesson and there's something
to be learned by the doing.)
Has anyone else run into this problem or have any advice?
Vicki Bean Gideon School Dist.
Art K-12 P.O. Box 227
Email: vbean.gideon.k12.mo.us Gideon, Missouri 63848