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  • stormy939@aol.com
    Just had to talk about this. I teach in elementary, have 35 classes a week, some days 10 classes a day. I have 30 minute classes, and on the days with 10
    Message 1 of 11 , Apr 8, 2012
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      Just had to talk about this.  I teach in elementary, have 35 classes a week, some days 10 classes a day.
      I have 30 minute classes, and on the days with 10 classes, there are no breaks all day long, except for lunch.   We do get 45 minutes at the end of the day after the students leave to plan, hang art, and get ready for the next day.  I have  been teaching for 25 years, and have seen a lot of changes come and go.  For awhile, I had 45 minute classes, max of 5 a day, then 40 minute, then 35 min, and now, 30 minutes.
      It's district mandated because of the budget crisis in the state, that art in elementary is 30 minutes, and every teacher must have 10 classes a day. If there are any days left after that, we go to another larger school to be an itinerant there.   It's difficult, to say the least, but our union has been active, and we are hoping that maybe some relief will be available to us next year, at least in the requirement of 10 class days.  ( a break in the day would be very refreshing, to say the least!)  also new mandates that we no longer have tenure, pensions are practically nonexistent to us now.  ( unless you want to work 35 years or until age 67 and then go into the 5 year pension plan )    I am hoping that things will look up, we seem to be fighting the bureaucrats, who want to balance the broken budget of the state with education.
       
      In a message dated 4/8/2012 5:00:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, kmaloneyjohnson@... writes:


      Thanks for talking about. It's the elephant in the room. People are afraid of losing their jobs; that instead of the squeaky wheel getting the grease the squeaky wheel will get replaced. It must be true of many, at least. There was no tenure in the Catholic school where I worked for 18 years. So when a new principal and the priest decided to change the art schedule to allow the music teacher the freedom to play for masses that often came up unexpectedly; mostly for funerals. I had to chose between my two schools. It was a traumatic experience. So humiliating and heartbreaking. 

      Kathy




      On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM, carney_home <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
       

      My question is tied to the shrinking budget and ever increasing work load of more classes per day, and more students in each class (with all "planning" days gone as "furlough" and therefore we do project preparation & planning on our own time).

      I teach 33 classes of art a week to approximately 825 students (713 at one school, 112 at another). Yet, I am given 35 minutes at each school to plan for 5 different grade levels (at two schools that have totally different sets of supplies). I've been told "elementary art teachers just don't get planning time - that's the way it's always been. Just be glad you have a job!"

      THE BIG QUESTION?...
      Do administrators and school board members think that 35 minutes is enough planning and preparation time for 713 students in 5 different grades? Why are we being told we "will be evaluated on a more strict basis under Race To The Top" and we must "teach to the standards to support the improvement of math scores?" BUT... we are not given time to plan or prepare supplies for the hundreds of students we teach weekly? Why is this reality not a big issue that NAEA or GAEA is tackling?

      I guess it is obvious I am only a 4th year art teacher. It's like the childhood story of "The Emperor Has No Clothes" and no one is willing to state the obvious -- hey, the Emperor has no clothes OR elementary art teachers have no planning/prep time. Why are people not talking about this? Why is there not an ADVOCACY group dedicated to this vitally important matter?
      - Gay Carney, elementary art teacher in Georgia




      --
      Kathy Maloney Johnson
      Art Teacher
      Painter
      Dressmaker
    • Kathy Maloney Johnson
      That sounds like a nightmare. ... -- Kathy Maloney Johnson Art Teacher Painter Dressmaker
      Message 2 of 11 , Apr 8, 2012
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        That sounds like a nightmare.

        On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM, <stormy939@...> wrote:
         

        Just had to talk about this.  I teach in elementary, have 35 classes a week, some days 10 classes a day.
        I have 30 minute classes, and on the days with 10 classes, there are no breaks all day long, except for lunch.   We do get 45 minutes at the end of the day after the students leave to plan, hang art, and get ready for the next day.  I have  been teaching for 25 years, and have seen a lot of changes come and go.  For awhile, I had 45 minute classes, max of 5 a day, then 40 minute, then 35 min, and now, 30 minutes.
        It's district mandated because of the budget crisis in the state, that art in elementary is 30 minutes, and every teacher must have 10 classes a day. If there are any days left after that, we go to another larger school to be an itinerant there.   It's difficult, to say the least, but our union has been active, and we are hoping that maybe some relief will be available to us next year, at least in the requirement of 10 class days.  ( a break in the day would be very refreshing, to say the least!)  also new mandates that we no longer have tenure, pensions are practically nonexistent to us now.  ( unless you want to work 35 years or until age 67 and then go into the 5 year pension plan )    I am hoping that things will look up, we seem to be fighting the bureaucrats, who want to balance the broken budget of the state with education.
         
        In a message dated 4/8/2012 5:00:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, kmaloneyjohnson@... writes:


        Thanks for talking about. It's the elephant in the room. People are afraid of losing their jobs; that instead of the squeaky wheel getting the grease the squeaky wheel will get replaced. It must be true of many, at least. There was no tenure in the Catholic school where I worked for 18 years. So when a new principal and the priest decided to change the art schedule to allow the music teacher the freedom to play for masses that often came up unexpectedly; mostly for funerals. I had to chose between my two schools. It was a traumatic experience. So humiliating and heartbreaking. 

        Kathy




        On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM, carney_home <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
         

        My question is tied to the shrinking budget and ever increasing work load of more classes per day, and more students in each class (with all "planning" days gone as "furlough" and therefore we do project preparation & planning on our own time).

        I teach 33 classes of art a week to approximately 825 students (713 at one school, 112 at another). Yet, I am given 35 minutes at each school to plan for 5 different grade levels (at two schools that have totally different sets of supplies). I've been told "elementary art teachers just don't get planning time - that's the way it's always been. Just be glad you have a job!"

        THE BIG QUESTION?...
        Do administrators and school board members think that 35 minutes is enough planning and preparation time for 713 students in 5 different grades? Why are we being told we "will be evaluated on a more strict basis under Race To The Top" and we must "teach to the standards to support the improvement of math scores?" BUT... we are not given time to plan or prepare supplies for the hundreds of students we teach weekly? Why is this reality not a big issue that NAEA or GAEA is tackling?

        I guess it is obvious I am only a 4th year art teacher. It's like the childhood story of "The Emperor Has No Clothes" and no one is willing to state the obvious -- hey, the Emperor has no clothes OR elementary art teachers have no planning/prep time. Why are people not talking about this? Why is there not an ADVOCACY group dedicated to this vitally important matter?
        - Gay Carney, elementary art teacher in Georgia




        --
        Kathy Maloney Johnson
        Art Teacher
        Painter
        Dressmaker




        --
        Kathy Maloney Johnson
        Art Teacher
        Painter
        Dressmaker
      • stormy939@aol.com
        It s florida In a message dated 4/8/2012 8:47:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, kmaloneyjohnson@gmail.com writes: That sounds like a nightmare.
        Message 3 of 11 , Apr 8, 2012
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          It's florida


          In a message dated 4/8/2012 8:47:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, kmaloneyjohnson@... writes:

          That sounds like a nightmare.

        • Gladiola Alvarado
          Thanks for the help everyone! And i finally got an idea! Im thinking of getting 8 pieces of wood and painting them blackand then putting pieces of broken
          Message 4 of 11 , Apr 8, 2012
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            Thanks for the help everyone! And i finally got an idea! Im thinking of getting 8 pieces of wood and painting them blackand then putting pieces of broken mirror in them but ineach one the mirror will shatter more and more! But still i need more art ideas because i have 3 months to make original art and turn in for a huge grade! So once again if you guys have any ideas please feel free to give me ideas i really appreciate it thank you :)
            -----Original Message-----
            Date: Sunday, April 08, 2012 8:47:46 pm
            To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
            From: "Kathy Maloney Johnson" <kmaloneyjohnson@...>
            Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

            That sounds like a nightmare.

            On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM, <stormy939@...> wrote:

            > **
            >
            >
            > **
            > Just had to talk about this. I teach in elementary, have 35 classes a
            > week, some days 10 classes a day.
            > I have 30 minute classes, and on the days with 10 classes, there are no
            > breaks all day long, except for lunch. We do get 45 minutes at the end of
            > the day after the students leave to plan, hang art, and get ready for the
            > next day. I have been teaching for 25 years, and have seen a lot of
            > changes come and go. For awhile, I had 45 minute classes, max of 5 a day,
            > then 40 minute, then 35 min, and now, 30 minutes.
            > It's district mandated because of the budget crisis in the state, that art
            > in elementary is 30 minutes, and every teacher must have 10 classes a day.
            > If there are any days left after that, we go to another larger school to be
            > an itinerant there. It's difficult, to say the least, but our union has
            > been active, and we are hoping that maybe some reli
          • Sheri Gaylord
            We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit! I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular
            Message 5 of 11 , Apr 8, 2012
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              We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

              I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

              Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

              We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

              It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

              Sheri


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            • Marty
              Re: Sheri s post Well said! There are counties in my state that STILL have no planning time and are teaching 1500 students on a 9 day rotation schedule. It is
              Message 6 of 11 , Apr 9, 2012
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                Re: Sheri's post

                Well said! There are counties in my state that STILL have no planning time and are teaching  1500 students on a 9 day rotation schedule. It is truly ludicrous. When I departed the profession 15 years ago, I taught 900 with no planning and 5 day rotation schedule. Classroom teachers still thought that specialists should be the sole morning duty gals. Another ludicrous idea!  I agree.  Time to stand up but FEAR is apparent with all specialists. We are reminded, we are two paraprofessional spots!  Pathetic!

                Marty 




                On Apr 9, 2012, at 12:01 AM, Sheri Gaylord <Medfordart@...> wrote:

                 

                We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                Sheri

                Sent from my iPad

              • Kathleen Maledon
                I m sorry if I sounded unsupportive. Believe me, I m not. I understood the issue to be that a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.
                Message 7 of 11 , Apr 9, 2012
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                  I'm sorry if I sounded unsupportive.  Believe me, I'm not.  I understood the issue to be that
                  a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.  Inequity, contract disputes,
                  insurmountable challenges are another story.  Part of support is knowing what items are legal and grievable,
                  which ones are unilaterally based and need clear points with viable plans to correct, and
                  which ones are culturally (school culture) based, and the biggest one - no money.  Get your support train 
                  organized by being the engine going down the right track.  Become informed and innovative.  Very
                  few schools have it out to screw the teachers and students! k
                  On Apr 8, 2012, at 9:01 PM, Sheri Gaylord wrote:

                  We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                  I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                  Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                  We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                  It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                  Sheri

                  Sent from my iPad


                • Kahl, Christanna
                  TEACHING is a talent! We do not have to spend hours of prep to teach to a test. Get involved in a teaching organization and keep up to date with what is going
                  Message 8 of 11 , Apr 9, 2012
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                    TEACHING is a talent!  We do not have to spend hours of prep to teach to a test. Get involved in a teaching organization and keep up to date with what is going on with all teachers.  Everyone has new presure, less money and more kids.  There is no overtime with salary. WE knew what we were getting into long before we ever actually hit the classroom.  I am very blessed to have what I have.  I am also an incredible hustler when it comes to art supplies.  Thanks for all you do!!

                    Christanna Kahl

                    Abilene High School

                    ART 1 room 251

                    “It’s  great to be an Eagle!”

                    christanna.kahl@...

                     

                     
                     

                    From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathleen Maledon [kmaledon@...]
                    Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 12:02 PM
                    To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

                     

                    I'm sorry if I sounded unsupportive.  Believe me, I'm not.  I understood the issue to be that

                    a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.  Inequity, contract disputes,
                    insurmountable challenges are another story.  Part of support is knowing what items are legal and grievable,
                    which ones are unilaterally based and need clear points with viable plans to correct, and
                    which ones are culturally (school culture) based, and the biggest one - no money.  Get your support train 
                    organized by being the engine going down the right track.  Become informed and innovative.  Very
                    few schools have it out to screw the teachers and students! k
                    On Apr 8, 2012, at 9:01 PM, Sheri Gaylord wrote:

                    We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                    I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                    Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                    We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                    It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                    Sheri

                    Sent from my iPad


                  • Kathy Maloney Johnson
                    Sorry, Christina. Sounds like party line gratitude to me. The I ve got mine version of gratitude. A familiar phenomenon. Thanks for all you do. geez...
                    Message 9 of 11 , Apr 10, 2012
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                      Sorry, Christina. Sounds like party line "gratitude" to me. The "I've got mine" version of gratitude. A familiar phenomenon. "Thanks for all you do." geez... it sounds like a greeting card from a principal. 



                      On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Kahl, Christanna <christanna.kahl@...> wrote:
                       

                      TEACHING is a talent!  We do not have to spend hours of prep to teach to a test. Get involved in a teaching organization and keep up to date with what is going on with all teachers.  Everyone has new presure, less money and more kids.  There is no overtime with salary. WE knew what we were getting into long before we ever actually hit the classroom.  I am very blessed to have what I have.  I am also an incredible hustler when it comes to art supplies.  Thanks for all you do!!

                      Christanna Kahl

                      Abilene High School

                      ART 1 room 251

                      “It’s  great to be an Eagle!”

                      christanna.kahl@...

                       

                       

                       

                      From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathleen Maledon [kmaledon@...]
                      Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 12:02 PM
                      To: art_education@yahoogroups.com

                      Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

                       

                      I'm sorry if I sounded unsupportive.  Believe me, I'm not.  I understood the issue to be that

                      a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.  Inequity, contract disputes,
                      insurmountable challenges are another story.  Part of support is knowing what items are legal and grievable,
                      which ones are unilaterally based and need clear points with viable plans to correct, and
                      which ones are culturally (school culture) based, and the biggest one - no money.  Get your support train 
                      organized by being the engine going down the right track.  Become informed and innovative.  Very
                      few schools have it out to screw the teachers and students! k
                      On Apr 8, 2012, at 9:01 PM, Sheri Gaylord wrote:

                      We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                      I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                      Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                      We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                      It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                      Sheri

                      Sent from my iPad





                      --
                      Kathy Maloney Johnson
                      Art Teacher
                      Painter
                      Dressmaker
                    • Kathy Maloney Johnson
                      Sounds like party line gratitude to me. The I ve got mine version. A familiar phenomenon. Thanks for all you do. geez... it sounds like a greeting card
                      Message 10 of 11 , Apr 10, 2012
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                        Sounds like party line "gratitude" to me. The "I've got mine" version. A familiar phenomenon. "Thanks for all you do." geez... it sounds like a greeting card from an administrator. Labor laws are out the window; administrations bend the no-longer-writtten-rules of what to expect from people who must work for a living. The fact that we are somehow psychologically and physically equipped to deal with outrageous expectations does not make those expectations right. 

                        "We knew what we were signing on for." Hmm? All robotic calisthenics are eventually outmoded. 


                        On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Kahl, Christanna <christanna.kahl@...> wrote:
                         

                        TEACHING is a talent!  We do not have to spend hours of prep to teach to a test. Get involved in a teaching organization and keep up to date with what is going on with all teachers.  Everyone has new presure, less money and more kids.  There is no overtime with salary. WE knew what we were getting into long before we ever actually hit the classroom.  I am very blessed to have what I have.  I am also an incredible hustler when it comes to art supplies.  Thanks for all you do!!

                        Christanna Kahl

                        Abilene High School

                        ART 1 room 251

                        “It’s  great to be an Eagle!”

                        christanna.kahl@...

                         

                         

                         

                        From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathleen Maledon [kmaledon@...]
                        Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 12:02 PM
                        To: art_education@yahoogroups.com

                        Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

                         

                        I'm sorry if I sounded unsupportive.  Believe me, I'm not.  I understood the issue to be that

                        a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.  Inequity, contract disputes,
                        insurmountable challenges are another story.  Part of support is knowing what items are legal and grievable,
                        which ones are unilaterally based and need clear points with viable plans to correct, and
                        which ones are culturally (school culture) based, and the biggest one - no money.  Get your support train 
                        organized by being the engine going down the right track.  Become informed and innovative.  Very
                        few schools have it out to screw the teachers and students! k
                        On Apr 8, 2012, at 9:01 PM, Sheri Gaylord wrote:

                        We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                        I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                        Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                        We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                        It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                        Sheri

                        Sent from my iPad





                        --
                        Kathy Maloney Johnson
                        Art Teacher
                        Painter
                        Dressmaker
                      • Kahl, Christanna
                        Don t think I deserved your comments. Actually I am very serious about thanking everyone on the list for all they (we) do. We must constantly encourage each
                        Message 11 of 11 , Apr 11, 2012
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                          Don't think I deserved your comments.  Actually I am very serious about thanking everyone on the list for all they (we) do.  We must constantly encourage each other.  I'm sorry you are not happy with your district, your job, your life, whatever.   I love Abilene ISD.  They are committed to the arts because the fine arts people have worked and worked to build that relationship. I'm not an administrator but a teacher.  I have taught PK through college and know how hard teaching is.  I'm belssed and I work hard.   Try counting your blessings instead of complaining. 

                          Christanna Kahl

                          Abilene High School

                          ART 1 room 251

                          “It’s  great to be an Eagle!”

                          christanna.kahl@...

                           

                           
                           

                          From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathy Maloney Johnson [kmaloneyjohnson@...]
                          Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:32 AM
                          To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

                           

                          Sounds like party line "gratitude" to me. The "I've got mine" version. A familiar phenomenon. "Thanks for all you do." geez... it sounds like a greeting card from an administrator. Labor laws are out the window; administrations bend the no-longer-writtten-rules of what to expect from people who must work for a living. The fact that we are somehow psychologically and physically equipped to deal with outrageous expectations does not make those expectations right. 


                          "We knew what we were signing on for." Hmm? All robotic calisthenics are eventually outmoded. 


                          On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM, Kahl, Christanna <christanna.kahl@...> wrote:
                           

                          TEACHING is a talent!  We do not have to spend hours of prep to teach to a test. Get involved in a teaching organization and keep up to date with what is going on with all teachers.  Everyone has new presure, less money and more kids.  There is no overtime with salary. WE knew what we were getting into long before we ever actually hit the classroom.  I am very blessed to have what I have.  I am also an incredible hustler when it comes to art supplies.  Thanks for all you do!!

                          Christanna Kahl

                          Abilene High School

                          ART 1 room 251

                          “It’s  great to be an Eagle!”

                          christanna.kahl@...

                           

                           

                           

                          From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Kathleen Maledon [kmaledon@...]
                          Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 12:02 PM
                          To: art_education@yahoogroups.com

                          Subject: Re: [art_education] Why isn't there ADVOCACY or a discussion on lack of plann...

                           

                          I'm sorry if I sounded unsupportive.  Believe me, I'm not.  I understood the issue to be that

                          a half hour prep is not enough time to complete lesson plans.  Inequity, contract disputes,
                          insurmountable challenges are another story.  Part of support is knowing what items are legal and grievable,
                          which ones are unilaterally based and need clear points with viable plans to correct, and
                          which ones are culturally (school culture) based, and the biggest one - no money.  Get your support train 
                          organized by being the engine going down the right track.  Become informed and innovative.  Very
                          few schools have it out to screw the teachers and students! k
                          On Apr 8, 2012, at 9:01 PM, Sheri Gaylord wrote:

                          We definitely need to talk about this!!!! The arts have taken the biggest hit!

                          I now teach 6 classes a day...compared to the 5 classes that the regular teacher teaches! They have a home room, but I have morning bus duty and afternoon hall duty...they do not! Our Art department has always been 2 to 2 1/2 teachers ...now there is only me! My class size went from 15 -18 to 30!

                          Don't tell me that I am a professional and should not complain for working overtime..... Support me and let's not have the inequities between teaching professions. My association dues are the same as every other teacher. I am not a lesser teacher because I have a talent! I am a brilliant teacher ( I will compare entrance scores with anyone!)

                          We NEED an advocacy group to help with the educational problems confronting us all! Quit taking the easy solution and stand up!

                          It is bad enough that our pensions are being attacked...support each other! We are important to the education of our children!

                          Sheri

                          Sent from my iPad





                          --
                          Kathy Maloney Johnson
                          Art Teacher
                          Painter
                          Dressmaker

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