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From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 23 2000 - 19:56:29 PST

Years back, when I had my beginning students every day, for a semester,
either 6th or 7th grade I could really concentrate on drawing and
include basic
stuff like color theory too. Now with this nine week thing in place,
about the
time we get a good working relationship with them, they leave me. As
must know from my ranting, I am a "Reading" teacher 40% of my time, with no
background or training I might add.
Just Venting, Woody in KC
I might add, and my principal concurs, I write better plans and I do a
better job
of teaching reading than the trained reading teachers. But what a waste
12 years of training and 25 years of experience in a field I truly love.
I'll get
really good at this reading thing in about 2 1/2 years, then I retire.
Then I can
teach art part time, which is what I feel like I'm doing now. Sixth
graders come
up to me now and ask why they don't have art. I'm honest and reply, "Honey,
there is only one of me, and I only get to teach art 4 times a day.
There's not
enough of me to go around, sorry."

Bunki Kramer wrote:

> I have 7th graders for quarter rotations this year for the first time.
> I'm used to 7-week rotations from the past. I would like to share
> specific ideas with some of you about what you teach them in this
> short length of time. Even though I really love my curriculum, I find
> it very frustrating at times dealing with those few who don't think
> they are artistic enough to learn our heavy-duty drawing skills and
> spend soooo much time trying to convince me it's nigh impossible. It's
> such a big hurdle for them (mental confidence) and soooo frustrating
> for me. I'm certainly not asking the impossible but I am asking alot.
> Occasionally I find I'm banging my head on the desk in stress and
> vowing to never do it again but then the next time rolls around and I
> think it's important enough to do. I know my demeanor changes because
> of my frustation and I won't accept anything less than what I know I
> can expect from them. The time is there to do the unit but a few waste
> it. I can't seem to let these few go who whine that they can't do it
> when they can. These are the very people I want to reach. Invariably
> they do achieve but I wind up being the "bitch". They like their final
> product but they hate me Does anyone else experience this? It I
> lighten up (dumb down) the unit, then they'll not get the skills they
> can achieve. Someone please tell me it's worth it. Gurrrrrrr....and

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