I, too, had a schedule like yours. I assume you work in a samll school
where you must accomodate extra students or lose them. My art classes had
journalism kids of varying experience and AP art students in Independent
study all in at the same time. You probably have to do the fund-raising to
support the yearbook, too.
Two years ago, I got the art enrollment up high enough that there was need
to bring over the art teacher from the grade school to cover the extra
class. Fortunately scheduling this became a problem. I respectfully
suggested that since they were hiring a new English teacher, they should
find one with journalism experience and put the class where it belongs. I
further suggested that it was time to put the yearbook on the computer
instead of sending paper layouts, so the person they hire should know
computers. It worked. The new journalism guy has an English major, has a
part-time computer guru assignment (with new computers and software), and
most important, is the new journalism teacher.
Oddly enough, I think we did it better despite all the headaches, but it
only served to show how good we were.
My realistic do-it-now suggestion: Fewer newspaper editions, maybe one
every marking period.
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