I get the children to do as much as possible...that is just as much a part of
the learning process. Clean as they go, students in charge each day of
Parental help. Its tough to find good parents...but when I find one with a
good "eye"..I train them to do the matting, etc. I know they are slower
then I am but it still saves me time. They are in charge of the traveling
art shows, in school displays and even gathering resources for the art room.
They can also cut up paper to specific sizes etc...what ever. I have one or
two come in once a week for a morning... I have a meeting with the head
gal...and even a lunch with the whole group. Saves a lot of time if you are
willing to relinquish control...and of course hand pick who does what! And of
course make them feel wonderful...they are!
I may not appear to be working as hard as somone who spends all hours into
the evening...but I am too busy and just too much going on in my life. I
streamline everywhere I can without sacrificing quality teaching! I stay
abreast of what is going on in my field and impliment. It can be done...I
have time to participate in activities that make me a whole person and a
happier teacher...not tired and exhausted.