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Re: setting up dark room (my vent)

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From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 16 2003 - 20:15:56 PST


Please, I hope you don't take it the wrong way but I don't know
any other way to say it. One of the tenets of NCLB is to insure
that there is a highly qualified teacher in every classroom. I'm
sure you are a great person and a well trained teacher but it
appears that you do not fit the definition of a highly qualified
teacher in this situation. This only points out the problems with
a program (NCLB) that lacks the backing and the funding to make
it work. In a recent art staff meeting (about 40 art specialists) one
of our art teachers was quick to speak up pointing out that the highly
qualified requirement was not lacking in that room. It was those
many other teachers (math, science, reading, etc.) where the lack of
training existed. I was (now retired) a highly qualified art teacher
that was assigned to teach two classes of reading a couple of years
back. I wrote the head of our states department of education.
Teachers need to teach what they are trained for and best suited
for. To do otherwise is a waste of talent and an insult to our
students. Perhaps you should write someone, I suggest Mr. Bush.
                Sorry to vent on you, Woody in KC

"khouston@socs.k12.in.us" wrote:
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> I have bought some items off of ebay to start a dark room with my 6th grade
> students have no idea what I am doing I am in the process of buying books
> and would appreciate any help or ideas on what books are must have or ideas
> on how to make this work I am not a trained artist but an elementary
> teacher who was put in the art room due to the no child lefgt behind act.
> I have survived through this site and know you can all help out thanks in
> advance

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