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Re: Teaching Art (Yicks)

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Sat, 9 Mar 1996 10:51:33 -0500

Nice to hear back from you! You do have some things better than I --your room
sounds wonderful, and I especially envy you your press. I also only see my
students for 9 weeks per year with art as a required subject. I do have an
elective at each grade level where I see students daily for a semester or a
year. I love those classes! Unfortunately, they are opposite band which is
incredibly strong in our area -- our kids have band daily for all three
years, plus having a ten minute weekly lesson. What I could do with that kind
of time. I've been teaching for 19 years and am probably more frustrated this
year (with a new administrator) than any other in my career. I too have a
second job-- I teach art appreciation at a local private college. It is my
salvation -- I love every minute of it!!!
One thing that some of the newer teachers and students on this list may not
realize is how much of an advocate you have to be for your area in the public
school system. I often feel that I go from one battle to another -- often
over TIME. The middle school philosophy seems to encourage exploration --
which is fine, but I also think middle schoolers need deep, rich, long term
engagement -- hard to achieve in 9 weeks, or, I suspect, with 40 students.In
case I'm sounding fully frustrated, I do love my job ---especially the KIDS!

Marcia Thompson
6-8 Art
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI