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Re: Your Weekly Schedule


From: Jennifer Maria (jenniemar_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Oct 10 2004 - 06:17:49 PDT

That is a crazy schedule! Again- (someone else recommended this) check out your hours because you should have a cap on how many you can teach a day. I know that I am taken advantage of at my Junior High - I teach 7 classes to everyone else's 6. We are on block schedule and all the other teachers (oooh that sounds whine-ey) get a conference time of 1 1/2 hours a day and only teach 3 classes a day. We get a 40 minute lunch.
I teach all day every other day (Gold days) and on alternating days (black days) have my hour and a half conference/planning time. The principal justifies this in not making me do bus duty.

Black days- 1st block- advanced art
                   2nd block- ceramics
                   3rd block- Art 1
                   4th block-Art 1

Gold days- 5th block- conference/planning
                 6th block- ceramics
                 7th block- Art 1
                 8th block- Art 1

(the blocks are 1 1/2 hours long- nice for prep and clean up)

My principal supports me in EVERYTHING I do and gets me pretty much anything I want.
The other teachers know that I am not a sign maker or party decorator. I do have students that will help with that though.
Learn how to say no politely. With a smile.

Reading this list and talking to other art instructors at conventions lets me know that I am completely spoiled now. But I don't let that on to my principal!!!!

Jennifer Phillips

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: K A
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2004 3:19 AM
  Subject: Re: Your Weekly Schedule

  I teach four back to back morning classes and three back to back afternoon classes at a different school (all elementary). Actually, it's five classes in the morning, because the kindergarten class is only for 20 min., so I see two kindergartens each day. All the other classes are 40 min. long. I have exactly 60 minutes between my two schools for lunch and travel and prep. That adds up to 24 different classes each week, and a total of 40 class periods. At one school I see the students every three days, and at the other it's every four days.

  Hmmm, anything you can do about that "assisting" other teachers requirement? How much actual prep time do you end up having?

  ~ Kathleen
  JMJ Smith <> wrote:
    Hello All! I'm the new art teacher who was ready to quit a few weeks ago. I'm still hanging in there! My days go by so fast, but I just don't seem to have enough time to plan lessons, set up/clean up between classes, grade projects and sketchbooks, hang student artwork, etc. I'm teaching 20 classes per week (PreK-12), plus I was informed (after I was hired) that I would have to assist several classroom teachers during some of my "free time" slots. I've been helping them with such things as grading papers and cutting construction paper for their classroom projects. Meanwhile, I've been working late every evening trying to catch up on my art workload. I hate to complain, but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I don't even take a lunch break. I spend that time preparing for my afternoon classes.


    I'd like to get an idea of what other art teacher's schedules are like. Would you mind sharing your weekly schedule with me? In addition, any advice would be appreciated! You may email me directly if you prefer. Thanks so much.


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