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Re: A question for the elementary art teachers out there


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Oct 02 2003 - 04:43:38 PDT

My first year at this district I had each class for 40 min. once a week (K-8). Then came that 9 week grading period where we either had no school or 1/2 days on Fridays, so I saw my 4th graders 3 times. I went to the administrator and asked how I could justify grades on less than 2 hours work. The next year my schedule changed. And yes, it's very nice seeing them everyday, even if we're checking in/out books or teaching keyboarding. :-)
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  Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 9:39 PM
  Subject: Re: A question for the elementary art teachers out there

  Michal -
  Wow! It must be so nice to really get into a lesson with seeing the students so often. It also must be hard to "change gears" every day between Kindergardeners and High School!

  How different is it for our students who see me once, every other week, for one hour? I see my K - 6 students approx. 2 times per month and each art class is one hour long. (One hour all at once is too long for the K's, in my opinion) You get to see them every week? I am jealous. Some of my students (classes that fall on Mondays) I will only see 15 times this entire school year!

  Thanks for the feedback!

  In a message dated 10/1/2003 10:25:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
    I now see my K-2 students 20 min. a day, every day. I split my time between computers, art, and library - but I am free to use the time as I want (very strange combo!). Grades 3-6 I have for 35 min. 2x a week, plus I rotate every other week on Fridays - 3rd & 4th one week, 5th & 6th the next for an additional 35 min. I teach art and technology - again, to be split as I want. THEN I go teach middle school and high school, daily! :-)

      Greetings fellow Art Educators ---- A few questions for the elementary art teachers out satisfy my curiousity:

      How often do you see your elementary students for art? (every week, every other week, twice a month?) How long are your class sessions? Do all grades have the same amount of art time in the elementary school?

      I am curious, as I know the amount of Art time that students get per week varies in my school district from building to building. I was wondering how much it varied between all of us all over the country.

      Looking forward to your input!

  Patti Caiola
  Toledo, OH
  Art Specialist k-6 & Special Ed