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From: Sharon Heneborn [heneborn]
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 6:55 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: What do they think Art class is about.
>> What DO they imagine art is? No expectations? No learning and no
> EXACTLY what they think Art class is about.
> God forbid in my school that I should require anyone to write a report or
> take a test or read a ruler or THINK.
Just had to respond to this thread.
I have been in schools where there are teachers and administrators
like that. I have had to confront and establish that I am certified
to do what they do and have done exactly that. I am additionally
certified to do what I do.
Those battles are long in the past and for the most part no longer
exist. Once, when there was a threat of reducing the special teachers
and a certain school was not supporting the union effort to block the
reduction, a union leader announced to the membership that most of our
specialists are certified to be classroom teachers and if there is
reduction they will be replacing you! Support came Big Time!
I must express my appreciation for the staff I presently work with.
If I give homework they include it in the homework folder and remind
the students before art class. They also help to pursue any child who
is not on time with the work. They consider that is important in the
child's development. Any thing the staff gets I get including gifts
from PTA, IEP lists, Health lists etc. When a child is being evaluated
by the child study team I get a form to fill out. Sometimes someone
comes to cover my class so I can make a quick appearance at the
meeting. Duties are always equal. When a new principal comes and
assumes that the specials will cover the duties the teachers say, "We
do equal duties here." They are always careful to use the paper
cutter when it will not disturb me.
I make sure that I am available with resources and information when
they want to integrate the arts into the classroom activity. I want
them to have a successful and meaningful outcome so they will be
comfortable using the arts to reinforce the curriculum.
At staff meeting we rotate presenting what is being covered in each
subject area and I am asked to present so that each teacher knows what
objectives are being covered in art. It is a short 15 minutes but it
is extremely valuable that they know what is happening in the art
room. When the teacher comes to pick up the class, they know to
expect a 1 minute review of the vocabulary, any artist, or any
connection to their curriculum. I have not experienced any negative
reaction to this. They seem eager to listen and participate. After
all it is an important part of their student's experience.
I would like to clone my staff and send some to the teachers on this
list who have staff who could use some "Education"
Sharon from NJ
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