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.
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From: jjennifer west [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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 <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Kimberly Hutts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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.
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