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Re: Question about the neverending list of obligations of the Art Teacher

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Wed, 11 Nov 1998 06:11:05 -0800 (PST)

Hi, Sal and Artsednetters,
I can relate to your query about responsibilities of the Art Teacher
The list of areas covered in your curriculum alone is probably daunting alone, not to mention the extra add ons of helping other teachers, the PTO, Integrating units for all grade levels.
I teach Gr 1-5 at 2 schools.
which means: 2 principals
2 faculties
2 PTO's
2 very different schedules at each building, and
required displays too numerous to mention.
My curriculum stays the same, each grade level curriculum stays the same, in math science language arts and social studies, but the way it is taught and the areas that each individual teacher emphasizes changes from moment to moment it seems.
these are the hazards of the job that no one knows about
until you are flat in the midst of it.
Not to mention the mix of personalities , various political agendas budget cuts ( of 47% this year) and any thing I would like to add to the mix by writing new units,and lesson plans and even getting to know some of my students.

Even though this sounds crazy, this I find is the norm for Special area teachers. I strive to improve a little each year and have learned not to get disccouraged by anyone!!!
Anyone who spouts negativity, needs to get out of my way and watch as I better myself and my Art program.

ps: did I forget to mention that this is my 6th year of teaching, one of which was spent recovering from Leukemia (sucessful bone marrow transplant, and now almost 3 years in remission.

:) Christine