sometimes I am dumbDon't "shut up" - I count on your insight - especially as I am in a tough teaching situation this year also - so much so that I'm ready to go work at Barnes & Nobels!
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From: Patricia Knott
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 7:08 PM
Subject: sometimes I am dumb
First my deepest apologies for presenting something that appeared accusatory.
I can't excuse myself for forgetting a very important qualifying remark.
I was thinking about a very personal situation
and some observations I've been making about all kinds of new teachers (not particularly art teachers)around me. I was trying not to get too specific with what is the personal situation and I forgot a very important opening statement
What I should have started with was:
A little plaster is not a big deal as compared to what I'm seeing as to teacher prep.
I am observing and experiencing a nonchalant attitude among a few new teachers this year( in my district ) that preparation can be taken for granted. They just don't seem to "get it" and somehow think somebody else is going to fix the problems.
I see good teachers struggle all the time with somehow someway fixing things gone bad without the kids even knowing things have gone bad. I think art teachers do this all the time.
I did write that someplace else and forgot to paste it into what I wrote to the list. I usually never send without proof reading but last night I did and then off to bed. I'm going to blame lack of sleep on my ineptness. (I was operating on 3 hours sleep yesterday and not much more today)But that's not an excuse. I'm in the middle of a bad teaching situation and I was actually looking for some feedback on how to impress to new teachers how important preparation is.
Obviously I didn't prepare my note very well and it came across as looking like I was criticizing Krista. That was not my intent at all, but my damage is done.
What goes around comes around. I'm often the first to tell someone about inconsideration and now it's come back to me.
I admit when I'm an idiot. There is at least one person on this list that knows what I was talking about but the rest of you don't and please accept my apologies
Anyone who reads what I usually write knows that I'm all for experimenting and problem solving.
I'm going to shut up for a long time.