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RE: [teacherartexchange] Schedule


From: Peshette, Alix (apeshette_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 31 2008 - 16:58:46 PDT

I'm late to this discussion, but I totally agree with Jen in her
observation that the schedule isn't a problem for the administrator so
unless you protect yourself you will be used and abused. That schedule
is insane! I take it that you are doing art on a cart. The schedule
looks like it is a way for the administrator to say "See, we offer art"
with no concern for the quality of the program or the working
environment for the educator.

I don't know your circumstances, but I would recommend having a
supplemental authorization to teach another subject so that you have
some leverage in finding another job or restructuring the current one.

Let us know how this all plays out.

Alix E. Peshette (former junior high art teacher)
Instructional Technology Coordinator
Placer County Office of Education
360 Nevada St.
Auburn, CA. 95603 USA

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-----Original Message-----
From: jjennifer west []
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 1:27 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Schedule

This looks horrible, and frankly, I left a job for a better one when I
had a similar schedule. I can't speak for everyone as to what their
schedules look like, but I can't operate with my head spinning as it
looks like yours will be. I also don't know your administrator, where
you are in the country, and how difficult/important it is for you to
have a job teaching art, but these are all questions I had to ask myself
when I found myself with this schedule. I finally decided to leave the
job with the thought that if I didn't find a better job teaching art, I
was ready to change careers. That was how strongly this schedule
affected me. My administrator was CHEAP, and I was getting dumped on.
It wasn't a problem for him and he wasn't interested in a solution. I
can't say this is your experience, but the most important thing I got
out of it eventually after much soul searching was that I was miserable,
couldn't live with it, and needed to speak up for myself. I ended up
leaving without another job lined up for the fall, and getting an
amazing one. I am now very happy. Only you know the answers for
yourself, but speaking up shouldn't get you fired or threaten to. Good

Santa Monica, Ca

--- On Thu, 7/31/08, Kimberly Hutts <> wrote:

> From: Kimberly Hutts <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Schedule
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <>
> Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008, 10:24 AM My Art Schedule for 08-09
> Monday Tuesday Wednesday
> Thursday Friday
> 7:40 - 8:20 6C 2A 6C
> 3A 1A
> 8:22 - 9:02 Plan 2B 6B
> 3B 1B
> 9:04 - 9:44 8B 8B 2C
> 3C 1C
> 9:46 - 10:26 5A Plan 4A
> 5C 5C
> 10:28 - 11:08 7C 5B Plan
> 5B 6A
> 11:10 - 11:40 Lunch Lunch Lunch
> Lunch Lunch
> 11:50 - 12:20 4C 4B 6A
> Plan 5A
> 12:23 - 1:03 7B 7A 7C
> 7A 6B
> 1:06 - 1:43 8A 8C 8A
> 8C 7B
> What does your schedule look like for nest year? Does you schedule
> seem to change every year?
> My principal seems to tweak or completely change the schedule every
> year and it seems to get worse each time.
> Is there a good way to tell her this? Should I just keep my mouth
> shut, be glad that I have a job and make due with the schedule I get?
> I'm not saying I can do better, but don't statistics show that (in
> general) the more minds you have working on a problem the more likely
> you are to come up with the best solution. I'm pretty sure she is
> doing this alone every year. I know that I recommended a committee
> once, but got shut down.
> Kimberly
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