Dear new art teacher: I was just like you my first year and only stubborn
hard-headedness kept me from quitting - that and I had moved to a new place to
teach and moving again would have been a bigger problem! This group is a
great help and is all that kept me going.I'm now in my 6th year - things do get
better - and for the first time since I began teaching I'm spending time making
art of my own! I consider this a huge plus, since I got into teaching art so
that I could be surrounded with art all day long. It is not an easy job.
I've learned to be much more organized and to include my students in cleanup
and helping with other chores. This takes some management skill, but the
sooner you can get a handle on this, the better. I also teach middle school so
it is a little easier to get help from kids. Most of the time, anyway....
You should not be having to help other teachers unless you are only teaching
art part-time. Talk to your principal - you are a new teacher and it just
takes a lot longer to put together lesson plans, etc. when you are new.
Remind your principal (nicely) that you have to write all your curriculum because
you are not using textbooks. There is just too much to do teaching art to be
sent to other classrooms. Principals do sometimes seem to take advantage
of new teachers. Genie Holt