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
stuff like color theory too. Now with this nine week thing in place,
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
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.
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
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.
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