It can help if your district has a strong teachers' association that
will bargain with the administration before abuses such as duties
Make sure your building representative is aware of the situation.
But, in my experience, I found that going to the administrator in
charge and having a respectful face to face conversation about the
inequity cleared up the situation. Sometimes the administrators are
not aware that an imbalance exists, especially if a staff member is
serving in multi schools.
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
Art teacher, k-5, retired
On May 10, 2007, at 9:23 AM, JAMES PETERS wrote:
> In our district that seems to be a Building level/Administrator issue.
> The biggest abusers of the Quote "elective" teachers seem to be the
> Elementary schools though even there some buildings everyone shares
> duties equally others you are correct put all of the extra duties
> on the
> elective teachers. Most of what I found is how the Building
> Administrators perceive our importance in education.
> I teach in the Middle School in our School District and the situation
> was very similar to what you have when I started but it has slowly
> turned around. It took all of the elective teachers banding
> together and
> constantly arguing for our importance in the overall students learning
> experience. It has been a slow process and still not completely
> equitable --mostly due to class scheduling-- but the core teachers do
> now share all of the extra duties. The only way to break the cycle
> is by
> constantly tooting our own horns and promoting our own programs as
> as our importance to the overall students learning experience.
> If you do decide to change schools you may want to ask during your
> interviews how the extra duties are distributed.
> James D. Peters
> Yeokum Middle School
> Belton School District #124
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> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Duties
>> I know this is a bit off subject, but I'd like to know what kind of
>> extra-curricular duties (i.e. bus duty, cafeteria duty, etc) that you
>> as art teachers are assigned by your administration. I feel a bit
> like my
>> admin isn't being fair as far as duties for fine arts teachers.
>> just me - it's also band, choir, etc) We have more duties than most
>> the other teachers here, with the possible exception of the PE
>> Our admin seems to think that since we're not "core" teachers,
>> that we
>> must have all the free time in the world. I'm looking at possibly
>> changing schools next year because of this and many other things, but
>> was just curious as to how pervasive this kind of attitude towards
>> Would you email me off list and tell me what kind of duties your
>> expects you to do, and how that compares to the other teachers on
>> Heather Hayes
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