How nice to hear from a fellow Wisconsinite! So are you rooting for the
Packers this Sunday? I'm really not a fan of footbal, but I sure would
like Green Bay to win.
Prior to my teaching in Milwaukee, I taught up in Antigo for 2 years.
Indeed, my budget was much larger there. I had $5.75 per child (at two
of my three schools there I didn't have all of that to myself though) an
an extra $2000 to spend. Bus trip, periodicals and audiovisual was
separate. That part was nice. I couldn't take the ignorance any longer
though. I knew what innovative teaching was like and did not have the
accommodating atmosphere to do "real" art. You see, the "lifer" art
teacher who was in the district only did cutsey cut and paste activities
in which all students' projects looked the same. Granted, the projects
were neatly done, but they were not very expressive or individualistic.
The principals were ignorant as to what art entailed, and even criticized
me for having an arts aesthetic and criticism as an introduction to a
highly successful lesson on Matisse.
Despite these and other negative things, I do miss the more
individualized small-town atmosphere.
How have your experiences been with the faculty at your school(s)?