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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #644

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Thu, 12 Mar 1998 10:08:39 -0800


This is in reply to Linda (Digest #644)

Rrelease time" (classes while classroom teachers do prep) can be the pits,
whether you have a credential or not. It is particularly tough if you are
itinerant. Some districts offer management classes to support staff; the
problem is, they are often geared to 1)classroom (k-5) teachers 2) subs or
3) Jr/Sr High teachers, all of whom have different situations than
prep-time teachers. It's sort of like being a substitute for an hour a
week. The kids think they have to try you out over and over. Still, it is
worth taking these classes just to get an idea of the District's
expectations. I would say that the type of sexual drawing activities you
mentioned would fall into my district's very stict sexual harrassment
policy. Read your district's policy to your class, and discuss what it
means with all the students. Then, when someone violates it, they should be
sent to the office, written up, and followed up with a phone call to
parents. More and more districts are being held liable for sexual
harrassment -by students as well as adults - in the classroom. You need to
send a strong message IMMEDIATELY that this will not be tolerated. The
principal and the district should follow it up. We have settled some very
expensive lawsuits that have started this innocently. Zero tolerance should
be the rule. (Alas, it is at the district level that these things get
dropped...yet when they have to pay, they tighten up...for a bit)

Lately, I have seen some of our prep time teachers sending disruptive
students to a co-operating classroom teacher to do service work. You should
arrange with a lower grade teacher - preferrably stuffy, strict, and
boring, or one that that child has suffered with in the past - and arrange
for them to do filing, cleaning, etc., instead of art. That is often a good
reality check. I have seen music teachers banish them there in perpetuity,
but I wouldn't do that. After all, they aren't permanantly banished from
math or reading, so art should be no different.

Good luck!

J. in Berkeley