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From: Jean Womack (jeaneger_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Nov 27 2006 - 22:24:38 PST


The art teachers I have subbed for have all had wonderful, fantastic lesson
plans, usually detailed, but all very do-able. For me, who has studied art
for so long, it is like a glass of water on a hot day, to be able to teach
those lessons. The kids are great, especially when I tell them I have a
credential in art.

When you have the sub pulled and the vice principal going into the
classroom, there's another agenda you can't do much about. That's the vice
principal's or the principal's agenda and you just have to accept it. Maybe
they wanted to talk to the kids and didn't want to interfere with the
regular class, so they waited until a sub was there to take over the
classroom. So just be glad they didn't pull YOU out of the classroom! I
had something like this happen to me recently. I told the principal, I know
those kids are going to act up until I call for help and someone comes to
the door and says it's all right for me to be there. So why don't you just
come to the door at the beginning of the class, so we can skip all the
acting out. They are not used to subs making suggestions! So he came first
period and told me to leave the room and he taught the first period class
himself! I didn't expect him to do that! That was the class that the
teacher had warned me would give me the most trouble. That's OK with me!
I don't want trouble. I'm glad he was there. I really thank him for it.

They had a video about a casino (Oceans 11) which had a little bit of
swearing in it. So I had to get up there and apologize for the swearing and
tell the kids that Hollywood is not supposed to take the only black guy in
the movie and make him look like a bad guy. (Actually there were two black
guys in the movie.) (Most of the students were African-Americans.) That
was the educational part. Then I was also able to point out that the people
in the casino who were drinking, were going to lose their bets because they
didn't know what was going on after a couple of drinks. The kids were
shocked. They didn't know that casinos did that to people to make them lose
their money. And then it was Thanksgiving break. So that teacher got to
leave a little early for his vacation and I felt as if I had done a good
deed and gotten paid for it.

Jean Womack

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