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Re: feeling overwhelmed

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Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 22:33:58 -0400


I think I have seen it. I know what you mean.:)
Jennifer
-----Original Message-----
From: ricki fromkin <fromkinr>
To: Aaron and Jennifer <THEGREEN99>
Cc: art talk group <artsednet.edu>
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999 7:18 PM
Subject: Re: feeling overwhelmed

>Aaron and Jennifer wrote:
>>
>> I have a question for all you veteran teachers. I am starting on the
>> grand voyage of teaching my curriculum, since our district does not have
>> one. Someone once told me that as a new teacher, one should create at
least
>> one lesson a year (a semester in my case) and do it really well. (Having
>> good visuals, resources, videos, etc., etc.) Right now, I am trying to
not
>> overwhelm myself with too many projects like that. For instance, right
now I
>> am preparing a lesson on Frida Kahol. I have selected passages for the
>> students to read and works of art to look at. I am also looking for a
video
>> on her, too that I have access to. Of course, I still need to get
everything
>> together for the meat of the project - a self-portrait. I am barely
staying
>> afloat making sure all the stupid administrative things are getting done.
>> (Like attending meetings that have been cancelled, but no one notifies me
>> and of course it is my fault for not being a mind reader. Sorry, a little
>> bitterness.)
>> I am getting a little winded. All in all, I finding myself becoming
>> burnt, not burnt out, just crispy. I don't want to do a second-hand job
>> teaching my students. In turn, in order for me to teach them "properly" I
>> have so much to do. I really don't have any other resources. The other
art
>> teachers in the district merely teach how to draw cartoon characters - at
>> least from what I have seen and heard. Is this "normal"? To feel crispy
as I
>> do? Am I doing too much? I am trying to convince myself that I am not,
and
>> that I have so much to do because I have not built a base to work from.
(A
>> general base of projects and project materials) Any advice will most
>> appreciated.
>>
>> Jennifer in Michigan
>
>Beware, there is a video on Frida that's an independent art film. It's
>called Frida. Don't use it. It's not appropriate.
>
>Ricki