Melissa, I hear you. I am an "empty nester" but even though I don't have the demands of a family it is still hard to not let the demands of school overshadow your personal life. I too want to be a great teacher and come up with WOW YOU lesson plans but it is hard to find the time to do the research, make power point presentation, make copies of articles or artwork, etc, plus so much of the time I have to pay for it out of my own pocket. I understand your frustration.
My artwork is very important to me but it always gets put on the back burner. I so far this year has been a little easier. I use my planning time a little more productively (hiding form teachers who just want to shoot the breeze). I don't volunteer as much and I keep my commitments so about one committee a year. I don't go to every after school activities like football games and dance shows. But I do try to show my support during the school day. I have put a greater focus on having the students clean up because like I tell them one of the learning objectives of the year is to learn how to work in an art studio and part of that is cleaning up after yourself. One thing I am going to do this week is divide the students up into groups and each group will be responsible for a certain area to clean after each student clean as an individual. On group will clean the sink, one will clean wedging table, one will make sure all the tools are put where they belong etc.,. Each month the groups will get a new cleaning assignment. We will see how this works.
It has gotten better but it is still a struggle. I have read a lot of advise on this thread and it sounds like this is a common situation within our profession.
P.S. Instead of all the in-services on stuff we will never use. Why don't they do one on time management. Just a thought.
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Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 9:35 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Teaching and kids
I see all these posts about pregnancies and teaching art. Yeah it was hard,
but lately I'm having more trouble. My boys are 2 and 6. I leave at 6a.m.
for work. My husband takes them to day care. My school starts at 7:00 a.m.
I'm allowed to leave at 3p.m. But do I? Heck no? You know the routine?
Clean up, set up for next day, grade sketchbooks or projects, do planning,
go to meetings... It's never ending. I dont waste my plan time either. I've
been teaching for 11 years I'm afraid of burn out. I LOVE art, I love my
job but I feel sorry for my kids. I pick them up about 5 p.m. Then dinner,
sometimes soccer of flag football practice. Then bed. The my job
continues.. cleaning, laundry, picking up, packing lunches for the next day
and I crash about 11 p.m. No time for poor hubby or myself. I love summer.
I get caught up on family and chores around the house. But when school
starts full time I go through this again. I think about those people with
desk jobs that they can leave when their day is over. If I don't finish at
school I bring it home.
I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining I understand what goes along with
working and raising kids right; but does anyone have any shortcuts???
I see some teachers leave at 3p.m. daily. How do they do it?? I still
wan't to be a great teacher. My career is important to me. Any advice?
Ray-pec High School
Raymore Peculiar Schools, MO