My schedule has six 40 minutes periods grades K-8 meeting weekly. So I
teach elem. and middle school. That's nine lesson plans. On Wed. I need
six additional lesson plans since I have the same kids in different
groupings-too complicated to explain.
Also have lunch duty and mandatoery PD meetings every other Wednesday.
Also required to have amazing displays, written units of instruction
including many things:Essentail question, habit of mind, differentiation,
aspirations, and so forth so what I do lookds like a pretty package to
anyone who hasn't got a clue about art. It's kind of like PR for my
subject. And then of course there's room maintenance, art elective (one 8th
grade a week) kiln firing and maintaining and it goes on and on.
Another set of hands would help but this is my 2nd year without an
I do the best I can but at the end of the day do not have much energy left
to get into my own art-I actually started taking a class every week just to
nail me down to do it.
Hoe's every one else out there faring?
Barbara from Boston
From: Strandberg, Debra firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:06:32 -0500
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] I haven't gotten the digest since Oct. 10
I know what you mean about a busy year...I'm curious about your time frames
I have four back to back 6th and 4th grade classes. 30 minutes each, no set
up time in between. I have to chunk up the lessons very carefully.
Good thing though is that I have them every day.
Lots of pull-outs though for speech, counseling, etc. I'm also holding an
hour tutorial in the afternoon for ESL students plus watching three recess
classes a day (first time for that!) Last hour of the day are 2 5th grade
art classes. Makes for a busy day!
What are your days like?
From: Barbara Marder
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 5:08 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] I haven't gotten the digest since Oct. 10
This is a killer year!
More crowded classes, more duties, more expectations-less time and in some
cases NO time between classes. My classroom is a revolving door, and I
have only one set of hands-so it's multi-tasking the entire school day.