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Re: MIssing art or a special for classroom discipline


Date: Mon Oct 13 2003 - 18:33:49 PDT

We had the same problem at our elementary school...teachers interrupting our
teaching time while we were in their rooms, or pulling them out of ours. Our
solution: Phys Ed, Music, Math specialist and Art teacher objectively
presented our side of the story to our staff at one of our staff meetings.
(disruptions, students missing valuable specialist time, we are a part of the total
curriculum, teachers hanging out in thier rooms during our time always makes one
feel as if they are being observed, disciplining students during our classtime
does not help the students see us as equal athoritative figures, etc)

Many of the teacher's finally saw things from our perspective. So, now we
have a school rule that the classroom teachers are not allowed to come into any
specialist's classes unless it is an emergency. So, if you are on a cart for
art in another teacher's classroom they are not allowed to be in the room
while you are teaching. They have to take their things for their planning time
and go somewhere else. Now, having said that, our principal was able to take
our book storage room and convert it into the Teacher's Planning Library for
those teachers who needed quiet time for their planning (because we all know that
the staff lounge is not always the best place for quiet concentration .

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