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Re: Getting tenure and getting what you want

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PrimaryE_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jun 23 2001 - 17:01:01 PDT


Hello everyone. Regards from Westchester NY. I have so much of your
wonderful mail to go over and comment on. I've been so busy. Yesterday was
the last day of the year and today a sleeping day. lol

I'd like to share some personal advice to new teachers. I'm someone who is
teaching four years but is not a young person...those of you who met me at
the conference can attest to that. I work at a public high school.
Previously I've worked in the business world and never in a union. The first
day at my job four years ago the president of the teachers union in my town
said.. we will hear from you new teachers after three years. I got my tenure
and am now slowly getting some of the things that are important and
necessary. Another teacher made a fuss and lost her job before she got
tenure. My art room was so small. Classroom management was impossible.
Once the students got seated I had to get them everything since they couldn't
get out of their seats without others having to move. But I hung in there
and I've now been given a beautiful large room for next year with a wall of
windows and a wall of blackboard and lots of corkboard to mount things. And
for the first time in my teaching experience I'm reading intently your advice
about the seating arrangement since I think I could chose most any of the
arrangements. I find the discussions we're having right now extremely
helpful. All the teachers at school have been saying congratulations to me.
Nobody is jealous since they know that art teachers need room to teach. It
was crazy before.

So my advice to all you new teachers is to get your tenure. I can't wait
until next year. One of the assistant principal's son was in my class this
year and told his dad that my room was much too cramped. I guess that made
them open their eyes. Of course I let it be known this year that my job was
difficult with the small quarters. I never asked for a larger room....just
let them know my situation. Sometimes you have to speak up for yourself.
Nobody else will.
                            Wishing everyone a restful, creative summer.
Eileen

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