The point of this long message is, endure and compromise when you have to
but, keep an eye out for an advocate. Not some one to complain to, but
someone who thinks like you do and already has the respect of the
principal. You may, over time, get to do things the way you think they
should be done.
> From: SBWellman
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: My First Official Observation
> Date: Thursday, October 21, 1999 7:27 PM
> Hi everyone!
> Today I had my first real observation as a first year full-time art
> I travel to 4 schools during the week grades 1 - 8. I'd like to share
> my vice-principal had to say. I get observed at my home-base school
> 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
> piece of paper for the skull. They did them but just not big enough so
> all tried a second time. Eventually we got everyone on track and went on
> do the shoulders and rib cage before the class ended. We have 30 minutes
> 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
> 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
> 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
> there aren't too many out their seats. (I had them take one last look
> 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
> 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
> cats lined up like soldiers in the hall.