Finally, someone who really understands what it is like to be iterent.
While I get along well with all 31 of the teachers I work with, somehow
they all think that I don't have a "real" teaching job.
While I enjoyed working with the students, I hated
>teaching at 3 schools. I never felt that I truly belonged to any of
>the schools. I had to deal with 3 different teaching staffs, 3
>principals, 3 different discipline strategies,....
Do you have an art room at all?
I have an art room at my Monday-Wednesday school. My Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday schools I teach on the stage in the gym.
At the one school where I had a room, things were much more
>easier. I could organize things how I wanted them and carry out more
>"involved" art projects, without the fear of negative response by
>meticulous teachers in their classrooms.
> I know things could have been worse. There were 2 elementary music
>teachers for 11 schools
Our county has 7 elementary schools with 4 music teachers and 3 art
teachers. The other two art teachers have one large school they stay at
4 days a week and one school they visit one day a week, whereas I have 2
medium size schools and 1 very small school.
To top things off,the district was pushing for all
>traveling teachers to do recess duty (more minutes than even regular
>teachers), irregardless of the amount of time that was traveled.
I lucked out here. Iterinent teachers (speech, music, art, counselors)
do not have duty of any kind!!!
I also travel a lot of hilly back roads, and carry my office and supply
room in my trunk, but I do have a great bunch of kids. I know that they
will soon hire another art teacher as all the schools are up in
enrollment and music is a teacher ahead anyway. I dread the thought of
giving up some of my kids. I don't know if I could make the choice!
All in all, its not a bad job. On the good side, If I have a sickie
ready to throw up, I gently push them toward the door and suggest they
find their classroom teacher! HaHa.