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> How many kids did you store art for and how big was
> the drawing cabinet. I am
> constantly marked down because of my l0 lbs. of art
> in a 1 lb. art room...I will never get to the
> last column of my
> because of my hummocks and clutter. Even
Roberta, I got a great observation this year, but as I
expected, there was the post script about the clutter.
I was a tad upset at first. I decided to stay late
that night and do something about it. I spent 4 extra
hours. My intention was to clean up, but there were
more important things to do (prep for the art show and
upcoming projects, all stuff that would truly impact
the kids). The following night I spent 4 hours at my
other school. This room is smaller and even messier
with the addition of boxes of mosaic tiles for my
mosaic project on the stair risers. Once again, I
accomplished lots, but not clean up. I realized that
having a clutter-free space was just not my priority.
I asked the principal for a meeting regarding the
observation. I thanked her for the excellent marks
and for understanding what I am doing. And I said I
had nothing bad to talk about. I told her the story
of my 2 nights at school.
She replied that she HAD to say something about it
bcause of HER bosses. Together we devised a plan for
coping with it -- I'll have 2 fourth grade students at
the end of every day. This will be a job assigned by
their homeroom on the rotating jobs chart. One
different kid each week, the job to be held for 2
weeks, the job to be taught by the one who was there
for a week. Everybody's happy now.
Ofcourse, she is in favor of the arts.
Isn't it funny how important those observation scores
are to us? I am my own worst critic, but dang, I hate
thinking anyone else is critical of me. I try very,
very hard to bring a quality program to the kids.
Really, that should be all that matters.
Jeannie in PA
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