Stick to your guns, Charlotte. The first year I was at my job I got the same
treatment after the first report cards. I had high standards and was
relentless. The kids were not accustomed to having to work for a grade.
Seemed like the teachers were more shocked than the parents tho.
Make sure you have established requirements for each project, like : used a
variety of sizes in composition to reflect background, middleground,and
AS long as you have clearly stated objectives and keep bringing kids back to
that, they will get on board in time. This is now my 7th yr @ my job, and the
6th graders here I've had since K, and are still a difficult bunch- they
don't listen well.
Now I enjoy the full support of the PTA and my boss. I've decided to hell
with the faculty if they want to be clique- y and not respect me. To hell
with them, I'm there for the kids. Rememebr Charlotte, this is the ONlY art
education these kids are likely to get. You are dealing w/ a situation that
is a product of repeated bail- outs from other teachers. I'm not saying to be
a masochist, I'm just trying to remind you that you are not the problem so
much as an accumulation of poor learning experiences for these kids. And,
kids pck up on things like treachers constantly leaving. For the first 5 yrs
I was here every year the kids were surprised that I was back, and each yr
got a little better. I am just now starting to feel like I am running the
show and have a good scope and sequence.
Christine in Binghamton