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Re: Art is not recess

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Sandra Poos (klpoos)
Wed, 03 Feb 1999 20:37:10 -0600

Vicki bean,
It sounds like you have an art room where the kids come to you? Right?
I guess the teachers are taking advantage of you since you are new this
year. I would put a stop to this madness and send a memo to all of your
teachers and put it in their mail boxes. They don't know how you are
feeling, unless you tell them and will continue this behavior.
I would say something like:
To all Elementary teachers:
Please inform me when you need to change your class schelule and try to
be on time, as my time is valuable and the children are missing out on
art class. I will NOT do two classes together, as I am scheduled for one
class at a time and this is too many children for one teacher to handle.
I cut paper, get paint ready, and lesson plans for one class. I have a
program that I teach the children which is now tested on ISAT. Please
don't surprise me with an EXTRA class and the challenge .
I don't think 30 minutes twice weekly is enough time for art class
anyway. By the time the kids are settled in your room, pass out
supplies, show slides, demonstrate and the kids work, it is time to
clean up.
Talk to your principal and voice your concern that the children are
missing a valuable art class when they do to assemblies . I usually have
a choice, since it is my art class, to go to the assembly or have them
stay in class and have art. I usually have them stay with me in art
class and miss the assembly, unless it is VERY important, which it
usually is not. Why don't you try that approach, have the kids stay in
art and miss the assembly.
Yes,art sometimes doesn't seem important to the elementary teachers,
but YOU have to change their attitude. Good Luck!
Sandy Poos, Elem. Art Cahokia, Ill. "art on a cart"