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Re: Elem. teachers/switching classes

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Heyjude5270_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Mar 23 2002 - 13:05:30 PST


I asked the original question about switching classes. To answer why it would
be a problem to switch: I do not have a classroom and teach from a cart. I
have 17 classrooms which I see twice a week for 40 min. each. I have K-4, 411
students on two floors. My schedule dictates that I do steps several times a
day, schlepping (sp?) art materials , which has vastly improved my
cardiovascular health, but makes for a real nutty routine. Switching classes
adds to the nuttiness. Also, feelings become hurt when Teacher A cannot
switch with Teacher B because she has phys ed. at that time, even though last
quarter Teacher B switched with Teacher A when she needed the favor.
AAAAGGGHHH!! It becomes a logistical nightmare to try to equitably switch
classes for everyone. It just isn't possible and that creates problems when
only certain classes don't miss "specials". Also, I personally begin to
resent being treated as a babysitter whose sole purpose is to provide the
"real teachers" with planning periods. Everyone at our building gets more
than the required number of planning periods to begin with, so this is not an
issue. Sorry, just needed to vent about this. It just smacks of the attitude
that art teachers aren't educators and it aggrivates me. I have also been a
"classroom" teacher and at that school, we just never considered asking the
specialists to switch for us. -judy from Cleveland, looking forward to spring
break.

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