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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] reassignment


From: play2cre8 (play2cre8_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 09 2008 - 11:19:04 PDT

Boy - sounds like my year...
I am joining the state education association next year -
I am keeping all e-mails, and making notes
I just signed up for getty on a new e-mail, no longer the school's,
and I keep doing my job....

I just read this in a magazine this morning:
"Forgo your anger for a moment and save yourself a hundred days of trouble."
Chinese Proverb -
It was in an article about anger management - not to worry - I just
picked up the magazine... it wasn't like self-therapy... although I
now know that my style is sarcasm and it will be totally lost on our
new principal (the former PE teacher... no skeletons in his closet
that I can't get past... HE'S supposed to be my educational leader?!?
- sorry, but I feel better)

Know you are not alone - I will have 6 new classes added to my
schedule next year - I think they want to double up some of the
classes to make that work....

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM, John Schuler <> wrote:
> And that, as Jerry said so well, is the cold hard truth of education.
> Welcome to teaching outside of the core curriculum. Most contracts will
> have a sentence that says something to the effect of "other duties as
> needed". In other words, they could force you to coach cheerleading or make
> you travel across the district. One year, I had to teach an hour of Health
> to high school seniors who had to have it to graduate (no pressure there).
> You only have a couple of choices. First, you need to examine your contract
> thoroughly. If you think something is fishy, contact a union rep. Even if
> you are not a member of a union (and you should be!) they should be willing
> to help you on the chance that you would join them later.
> The second thing you need to do is plan on how you are going to get out of
> that gig next year. You can look for a new job or lobby parents and
> administration to try to help change your situation. I worked with a Drama
> teacher who told parents and administrators the there would not be a middle
> school musical the following year if she were still travelling to the high
> school every day. And, you can probably guess, that she didn't have to
> teach high school the next year. You have to make yourself invaluable to
> the place you want to stay.
> I'm starting my 22nd year of teaching next year and have had some crappy
> situations tossed to me in my career. You have to try to make the best of
> it and dig down deep to cope.
> The last bit of advice I'm going to give (and I try not to give advice too
> often) is to NOT blame the students! It is not their fault that you got a
> raw deal. I have also seen many teachers take their personal and/or
> professional problems out on kids. The best way to fight back is to be the
> best teacher you can given the circumstances.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jerry Vilenski" <>
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <>
> Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 9:15 AM
> Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] reassignment
>> Unfortunately, tenured or not, most teachers don't have a lot of recourse
>> when it comes to being reassigned. Administrations generally have a lot of
>> latitude when it comes to assigning teaching duties. The only restrictions
>> are if the contract has a "qualified AND certified" clause, which means you
>> must be certified in the given discipline as well as possess certain
>> qualifications, which are spelled out in the contract language. This
>> prevents art teachers from becoming, overnight, music teachers, for
>> instance. The other restriction is the actual workload you are asked to
>> perform, which, by contract, should be restricted as to the number of
>> sections and how large each section is. A good contract will treat all
>> faculty equally in this regard, so you should not end up teaching more hours
>> or sections than the person down the hall. Having said that, not all
>> contracts have specific language that protects those who teach in specialty
>> areas. Your first
>> instinct about being dumped on is probably the correct one. The longer
>> you are in education, the more you learn that art teachers in particular are
>> often "used" for planning time or convenience, rather than "utilized" for
>> what they bring to the educational experience. Get on your negotiating
>> team! If you don't take an active interest in your own survival, no one else
>> will.
>> Jerry
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