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[teacherartexchange] art as a dumping ground - problem re-explained


Date: Sat Nov 18 2006 - 07:29:32 PST

The point of my original post about art as a dumping ground was probably a
little unclear, seeing as I've mostly gotten replies about how to deal with
the problem student I described. (Not that I'm not thankful for tips on
how to deal with her - I'll try anything at this point)

My request for advice was more about how to deal with the attitude my admin
and counselors seem to have about where to schedule problem students. They
basically told me that they won't put students they know to be a problem in
the other electives because they aren't "team players" and will damage the
other elective programs as a result. ie, they're KNOWINGLY giving me
classes full of behavior problems because my art program isn't as important
as band, orchestra, foreign language, etc...and it won't matter if they
disrupt art class.

And in case anyone missed it in my replies to this thread - I'm the 4th art
teacher in 5 years at this school (it's only been open 5). I'm the only
one who has come back for a second year. I've heard through the grapevine
that they've found reasons to not renew the contract of prior art teachers
because they were too much of a "squeaky wheel" - that they view teachers
(from any subject) who sent numerous kids to the office as having poor
classroom management.

So, not only are they knowingly filling my classes with behavior problems,
but if I complain too much about it or send too many of them to the
office...I'm the one who will get blamed.


Heather Hayes
Visual Art
 Ridgeview Middle School

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