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Re: [teacherartexchange] reassignment


From: Anne Verrier Scatolini (avscatolini_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 09 2008 - 12:31:44 PDT

I am a career changer. Thirty years in the theatre. Forced to teach
English! AAAGGGHHH! They don't know the difference between English
and Theatre. They still call us an "elective" and think we are a sub
genre of English called drama.
On Jun 9, 2008, at 11:19 AM, play2cre8 wrote:

> 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....
> E
> 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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