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> Hi everyone!
> Today I had my first real observation as a first year full-time art teacher.
> I travel to 4 schools during the week grades 1 - 8. I'd like to share what
> my vice-principal had to say. I get observed at my home-base school only.
> Let me set the scene. I was teaching my most difficult class. A first
> grade. We did skeletons out of paper strips for El Dia de los Muertos.
> Everything went pretty well until I had them draw half an oval onto a folded
> piece of paper for the skull. They did them but just not big enough so they
> all tried a second time. Eventually we got everyone on track and went on to
> do the shoulders and rib cage before the class ended. We have 30 minutes for
> art, counting set up and clean up.
> When I talked to him later this is what he had to say:
> 1. I needed more sharpened pencils on my cart. (3 kids got up to sharpen
> pencils. Big Deal!!)
> 2. I need to finish a project per week. (It is the view of the parents and
> staff that art is for homeroom teachers to decorate their rooms and that
> parents demand to see art brought home every week to put on the refrigerator.
> I was told this by the VP and the full-time art teacher at that school.)
> 3. That only 3 kids should be allowed to help cleanup at the end of class so
> there aren't too many out their seats. (I had them take one last look around
> for scraps on the floor at the very end before I left.)
> Basically, I'm stuck because I don't have professional status and my job is
> therefore on the line. I must conform. But I desperately need ideas for
> quick projects or projects that can be simplified but still have some
> intelligence to them. The other art teacher just got done 4 Halloween
> projects each for grades 1 - 4. I'm about to puke from seeing those traced
> cats lined up like soldiers in the hall.