Actually, part of my advanced curriculum IS to add in these other activities. It was discussed when I took the job...AND it shows in my planning book that I keep each year.
My advanced students do a large 4 panel mural every other year for our school auction (8' x 32'), and we do at least two (usually several) 4'x8' reproduction paintings to fill our halls with art work by well-known artists. This is one way we work with art history across the curriculum. Also, I try to take my classes on short field trips periodically...to the park nearby for sketching when the weather permits...and to our local arts council about once a month to look at the new shows and do art critiques.
At the end of my pacing guide...is where I add in extra lessons... ones that will not matter if they actually get taught.
I know what must be done...but I don't actually include it in my pacing guide. I have the advanced classes...and the principal takes that into consideration.
Actually...he told me that he does NOT even know what our three art teachers teach...and this will help him understand what we actually do...so it's a good idea. Also...he is not holding us "strictly" to our pacing guide...but he surely is in the OTHER classes.
I'm not stressed out over my pacing guide...it was a challenge and I've only done the one for my drawing/painting I class...they are my critical class...but I probably won't do one for the advanced classes, since they are working on portfolios for college.
I will do one for Art 1 and Art II...to keep myself on track. I already have their lessons lined out for the semester what I plan to teach...now, it's just a matter of slotting in the other info.
> It'll be interesting to see what your guide looks like at the end of the
> year. If you are spending too much time on "other activities' asked of
> you for the school, it will show up - to your curriculum's advantage.
> Perhaps to keep a diary of the pacing, too - write down issues as they