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Help! Art on a Cart problems!


Date: Thu Sep 06 2001 - 14:48:04 PDT

Can all you experienced art on a cart folks out there help me out with some
advice/suggestions? This is my first year in this particular district and I'm
traveling with a cart for the first time. I'm coming across some "etiquette"
problems with other staff and was wondering how you have handled these
situations successfully:

- The classroom teacher has removed children from my art class before I
arrive as punishment for not doing their homework. I know this is not
allowed, but any ideas as to how to solve this gracefully?

-The classroom teacher tells me to no longer put children's names on the
board as a discipline measure. She uses cards and wants me to do the same.
However, my partner art teacher and I already have a discipline system and
have sent a letter home to parents detailing this. I also have already
explained my own system to my students. The teacher told me this at the start
of class in front of students, so it wasn't an appropriate time for me to
disagree with her. She also didn't ask if I had my own system or how I felt
about her "suggestion". What do you do?

-Teachers ask me to stop class early (10-15 min.) so they can get the class
ready for dismissal at the end of the day. My thoughts are, "Get them ready
before I come to your room", but I don't want to put it quite this way.

-Specialists take out students constantly for various sorts of tutoring,
remedial work. Often they just walk in on the middle of my teaching and take
a child without asking or will even just walk in and call the student's name.

Is this NORMAL? Thanks for any help. Trying to keep the peace here - judy