Interesting point of view. I would say that the school has broken their
covenant with the students. I would not say that you have broken a covenant
with the students. It is the school that is responsible to provide for the
needs of students. Not the teacher. I understand that you would want to
provide for your students. Also consider that by agreeing to offer a combined
class, you are in some ways agreeing with the policy. There is then no
incentive for the school to offer separate advanced classes for these students.
Raise the issue with the school board and the PTA. Whatever you do, please do
not consider that if you say no, that you have somehow been at fault. After
all the students in your beginning class need your full attention, as well.
For too long, art teachers have put up with too many unreasonable demands. It
is time to say no. When you say no, it will become clear who is responsible
for the situation. It is definately not the teacher! :-)
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting KPRS2 <email@example.com>:
> Over the years I have taught multiple classes in one classroom, less so now
> that I am no longer the only art teacher in the school. When you are the
> only art teacher, and make a committment to your students to follow through
> with them (i.e. art 1, 2, 3, 4) you have to make a decision as to whether
> you want to offer them the next level when there is only a handful of them.
> If you say "NO", then in essence you have broke your covenant with your
> students. It is DEFINITELY not ideal, and is DEFINITELY stressful. No
> question about it. I let my students know right up front, that this
> situation is because "they" are not going to hire anyone to teach only a
> handful of students in the next level, and it is either this way or no way.
> Right now I have 2 classes that are mixed. Why? My choice to have two
> students mixed into two of my Foundations classes to, in effect, take the
> advanced class. I teach AP Art History the same time slot as the advanced
> class is running (which this year is being taught by one of my ex-students
> who returned as an art teacher). I am giving these 4 students the
> opportunity to avail themselves to the advanced class and the AP Art History
> class, two classes they need to strengthen their art portfolios/knowledge.
> It's my committment to them.
> San D
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