If you are in a public school I would recommend that you go to your union rep, and ask if this is possible. If your contract allows the 8th prep without additional compensation or without some other consideration, make sure it is written in for next time. Our contract pays if you have to teach an additional prep (and while money isn't the only consideration, because time is a very valuable commodity, the money makes BOE think twice before just thrusting extra preps on teachers). Our contract also pays you if you have to "cover" a class during your preparation period or during your duty period.
I would speak to the teacher and ask HER what she feels you should accomplish with these 4 year olds as she should be an expert on that age level and their energy,attention and interest levels.
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> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Help! new preschool assignment
> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:07:50 -0400
> Dear Fellow ArtsEdNet Friends,
> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group of 20 preschoolers in about 2 weeks! Our school received a grant to start a preschool class in our elementary building and in order for the teacher to get her contractual 40 minute prep, the specialists are being tapped for one 40 minute class a week. These 4 year olds will have a full day because there isn't enough money in the budget for transportation to do two half day sessions. I cannot imagine that a full day is a wise choice for any 4 year old.... but that's how it's going to happen! I will have the option of going to their classroom or having them come to mine - right now I'm planning to go there (no bathroom facilities in my room), but I'd love to hear your thoghts on this. Any help will be appreciated - lessons, activities, etc. I am having a hard time getting excited about taking on an 8th prep!
> Looking forward to your feedback
> Robin in PA
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