<<I did not purchase these through grants (although I admire the work and
that wizzle went through to get the equipment she has in her room). While I
once hesitated to describe my art room to other teachers, feeling a kind of
embarrassment for my riches, I now feel all should know.>>
You are a lucky person. MOST art teachers are not nearly as lucky. Even
though I had to work many a night writing ways to get my "stuff", I too am
lucky for having a school that is at least networked and has internet access.
Since obtaining my equipment, it is now a mandate in my district that every
classroom has to have at least one teacher workstation. Also, my district
offers technology training for those who want to learn how integrate
technology. All too many classrooms and teachers don't have this advantage.
It would be nice if all of us worked in elaborate classrooms and it was a
"given" that we would all have the best supplies and equipment. But we don't,
so we have to learn to make the best of our individual circumstances. Also,
we must be cognisent of the fact that at any given moment circumstances may
change. If I left my school tomorrow it would depend on which school I went
to that would determine my fate in regards to equipment. I would either have
to start all over or be blessed with a classroom like yours.