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>I'm a full-time Art Teacher K-5 in one school with 400 students. I teach
>classes a week (up from 18 last year). I have 3 classes at each grade level
>except four 3rd grades. Average class size is 25-the limit in my district.
>The third grade has 20 in each. We're on Block Scheduling so classroom
>teachers have "Common Prep" which dictates the schedule. I teach 3 -40
>minute periods on Tuesday and Thursday, 4- 40 min. classes on Mon. and Fri.
>and 5-40 min. classes on Wed. I have hall duty 3 mornings from 8:15to 8:30
>and lunch duty(30 min) once a week. Contractual day is 8:15 to 2:45. I have
>an Art Club (extra pay for extra services) one day a week after school for
>hour. However, ask me what time I leave- the earliest 4:00 and sometimes 9
>or 10 at night! Does this sound crazy with all the "Prep" time I have?
>district is rated the top (scholastically) in New York, and the teachers
>in a lot of overtime. During the day, I give extra art if I'm doing an
>involved project with the kids or individual attention. Lots of time for
>integration with the other teachers' subjects and special area teachers- we
>often collaborate. I understand this is a luxury! 40 min. is not enough
>time to teach the way I want to teach but I utilize the day by doing the
>interesting, involved, substanance lessons I can think of , and my schedule
>affords me this. Most of my projects require a lot of prep. I mount and mat
>everything, and I'm busy doing elaborate displays for the halls of the
>school and the administration building. I have a beautiful huge art room
>two huge (10x10 closets) and soon 4 sinks(they're adding ) and plenty of
>supplies, new tables......Art Teacher HEAVEN.....
>By the way, I paid my dues! This is my second year in this district. I
>a district after 10 years where I had NO ROOM, a cart, and 4 floors, only 2
>floors accessable by cart. No sinks in the classrooms. The principal
>only allow 2 children at a time to wash in the bathrooms. I carried
>up and down from my station which was an unheated closet! I was
>sick from the cold closet and the hot classrooms. I did everything- lots
>painting, paper mache, plaster, clay,(kiln in the closet with me) even
>without a room. Carried buckets of water up and down. And, I was expected
>do ALL the bulletin boards in the school with the children's art! When
>district passed a bond issue two years ago and they decided to add 2
>classrooms and a Music Room, and still NO art room, I decided enough of
>abuse! Refused to change my program or compromise on The NYS Standards so
>looked for a more enriched district in which to teach....went from hell to
>heaven! So, that's my story....... Sue