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Re: [teacherartexchange] decisions - art on a cart


Date: Wed May 31 2006 - 17:02:39 PDT


Thanks so much for your perspective. I'd love to hear more positive notes
about working from a cart. I do feel like I could like middle school if the
situation and environment was different. I kind of feel like I might like high
school better, but I don't feel like I'm ready for that transition yet. I
really enjoyed working with the middle school students in small groups. I loved
talking to them one on one, and many came to me for advice. That was the
really cool part about it. I simply couldn't get them under control in the class
setting. I know that it's not just me because many other teachers quit or had
similar problems. I actually heard that there were many other teachers who
had a much worse time than I did. The elementary kids could be a hassle...when
they fight over such silly things. I had a few classes that were really
rough. One third grade class was so bad that the teacher decided to retire because
he was simply too old to deal with so much stress. Regardless of many
behavior problems, I did feel like they were more eager to learn and really loved
my class.

I am curious to hear about how you handle painting projects and things like
that. I was told I'll probably have only about 45 minutes per class. Painting
is usually a huge ordeal for the kids...cleanup can be a nightmare, so I'd be
interested in hearing some of your secrets.

Thanks again!


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