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[teacherartexchange] Need to make a decision

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue May 30 2006 - 18:09:04 PDT


First off, I'd like to thank everyone on this list for all of their support,
wonderful advice and lessons this past year. It helped me tremendously during
my first year of teaching. I plan on getting some of my lessons together
with photos to share with you all this summer.

So, I made it. I survived my first year of teaching. It definitely was the
biggest challenge I've taken on, besides running a marathon, in my life.
Actually, it was much tougher than the marathon, but I survived both. I am
exhausted and have been cleaning out my room all day. At the end, I said goodbye to
a few teary eyed students, received some sweet gifts and cards and felt
relief at the departure of others. I had my art show last week, which was a
terrible decision...never again will I do one the last week of school. Last week
was such a whirlwind and nightmare that I don't even know what happened. I
never had time to stop, never had a chance to take a moment to reflect or to say
proper goodbyes to some of the students I actually will miss. It went though,
over 200 pieces of art. I tried so hard to make it perfect, and there simply
was not enough time. It did look beautiful though. I only wish I had had the
time to enjoy it.

So, now I am faced with a tough decision for next year. I have been informed
that I need to decide on elementary or middle school for next year. I was
leaning toward elementary after realizing that those students appreciate me so
much more than the older ones. They actually look forward to my class, and I
found out that I was able to teach them more. They had a general interest in
art and even learning about artists. Well, here's the catch. If I take
elementary, I lose my room. I'll be on a cart traveling from room to room. Many
rooms don't have sinks, so that will definitely limit my projects. If I take
middle, I get to keep my room, but I will have to deal with all of those bad
attitudes and the students who don't want to take my class. I'm really torn. I'm
trying to figure out which will be a better situation for me in the end. Of
course, I'm going to put out my resume just in case another opportunity pops
up, but I'm feeling pretty low. I don't want to give up my room. I hate the
thought of having to share it with another teacher. It's already so small, and
I like to set it up and have my art library and play my music...but I really
don't know if I can learn how to deal with the middle schoolers in a more
effective manner next year. They are so disrespectful and have no desire to
learn. About five of them failed my class, and I had to really work at passing
five others. Many of them failed the entire year because they have no motivation
whatsoever. I'm torn! What would you do?

Thanks again,

Stacie d'Albenas

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