I agree with Maggie. What they are asking of you is just wrong. It
seems like school districts will do this to us because we tend not to
rock the boat. I'm sorry they put you in this position.
On Jun 16, 2008, at 5:34 PM, Maggie White wrote:
> This...is...un...be...liev...a...ble. If the teacher they hired is
> incapable of teaching the subject, why on earth did they hire
> her?! Just curious--what is your background/certifications/
> As a new hire you are sorta at the mercy of the admin. However, to
> expect you to write your own curric and lesson plans, PLUS someone
> else's (and three grades' worth, even!), is unconscionable. Unless
> you are totally desperate for this job, I would go to the admin/
> school board/curric coordinator and politely refuse to write
> another teacher's lesson plans. You already have a lot on your
> plate 1) as a teacher new to the school and its policies,
> procedures, and culture (there's always a lot to learn), 2) writing
> a comprehensive art curric and lesson plans to go with it, for
> several grades, and 3) implementing a curric and lesson plans for
> several grades of SpEd, and presumably the testing and paperwork
> that go with it. I've spent a lot of time with SpEd teachers and
> if you haven't taught it before, the paperwork alone will keep you
> more than busy. There are a ton of federal guidelines you have to
> be familiar with. Then, you're expected to write lesson plans for
> someone with no experience with either the concepts of art
> education nor the materials. You would be spending a lot of your
> time and energy teaching her how to do everything (does she know
> how to mix paint? manage a painting unit?) There is no way you
> will be able to do justice to all that, and the students are the
> ones who will pay.
> I admire, sort of, your district's desire to offer art in the
> elementary grades, though it's no doubt to give the classroom
> teachers a break once a week (call me cynical). However, their
> solution is unworkable. The kindergarten teacher would have a
> slightly better chance at success teaching the elementary art
> classes. She can double up lessons and they'd never know the
> difference (K-1 can do the same lesson, for example). You could
> then teach MS art and the SpEd classes. Could you suggest that?
> If you really really really want this job, and admin really really
> really insists you do it all, your desire to be a team player and
> to do good by the MS art "teacher" will cause you to overdo it, no
> doubt. At that point, I would sketch out a basic curric and direct
> the teacher--and I do feel for her--to resources like Incredible
> Art Department and the Web sites of our many excellent teachers on
> this listserv for lesson plans she would feel comfortable
> implementing. A good book I've used is A Survival Kit for the
> Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher, by Helen Hume.
> Having always been treated with respect by admin as an art teacher,
> I'm constantly amazed at the conditions so many of you work under.
> This, however, probably takes the cake in my 12 years on this list.
> suzanne rowe wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> I am new to the exchange. I am from Montana.
>> I was recently hired to teach Art K-8 and SpEd K-4. But as
>> happens, administration has already changed my job description to
>> more SpEd and less art, even before the school year started. =) I
>> will however be responsible for writing lesson plans for a 6-8 art
>> program for someone else to implement.
>> My question is does anyone have any suggestions on a pre wrote
>> art curriculum for that age group that would be practical to
>> The instructor that I am writing the plans for does not have an
>> art background and has only taught Kindergarten as far as I know,
>> so does not have a lot of experience in teaching art. Any
>> suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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