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<< 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
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
Jennifer in Michigan
You cracked me up tonight...12:30 PM and I just finished the Egyptian
Hieroglyph display for my 6th graders! Burnt or crispy, you sound like you
are doing just fine. I doubt all the other teachers are "just teaching how
to draw cartoons" but that is what some might be saying after a cartooning
unit was taught (recently attended a workshop "Newspapers In The Classroom"
where I think I can integrate with some cartooning!). You will find here on
artsednet that most of us Care, Work Hard and continually try New Things when
implementing our programs. Don't give up. We're HERE when that meeting is