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I'm still looking for Red Grooms stuff, especially a video called
Sunflower in a Hot House which I think was aired on PBS and is no
longer in print. Does anyone now how to get this?
Finally, In my 4th year, I seem to be suffering from a really bad case
of teacher blues. I (and many others, I'm sure) would benefit from
the posting of teacher blues responses. The things that worked for me
best the first year and still do are talking to mentors and peers,
sharing ideas for inspiration and griping to vent so thaT I feel like
I am not alone in the struggle. "Don't reinvent the wheel". See how
other folks have solved problems.
. The Artsednet list serve is good for problemsoving and feeling more
connected. Swimming, walking, movies and splurging on fancy
groceries, somehow squeezing out the time to do something creative for
myself. Also getting to the know the kids and parents a little better
can really make things nicer. Pick a coulple of kids to be helpers at
the end of the day. They'll help you and they will open up to you
more. THAT IS ONE OF THE JOYS OF WORKING WITH KIDS. Work a lot on
systems and organization and keep things pretty simple so that next
year you can do more creatively challenging stuff because your systems
will be in place.
Jean Leider, Austin, TX