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yes Darson, I used it to teach everything else at the same time, math, science, writing, reading. everything.

posted by benzinha on March 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM | link to this | reply

Yeah, go figure. I think it's a huge mistake to cut out the arts from education.

posted by Darson on March 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM | link to this | reply

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Justi, thanks again. The whole school is a special needs place, though not totally labelled that. It is a bit much without an assistant, because when one volunteers to come into the classroom, I see a small window through which I could teach something, if I had half a brain left.

posted by benzinha on December 13, 2009 at 4:58 PM | link to this | reply

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My step daughter is a teacher and it is difficult for teachers who taught a long time before those with special needs were put together with the others without teachers receiving a lot of training for it. Not to say they are the crux of school problems. Our family structures have come apart at the seams. Our children would all be blessed with more of the arts, real history, real languages, strong reality in all areas of life with soft and confident edges to bolster their confidence in a real world. You were a good teacher I am sure. 

posted by Justi on December 12, 2009 at 9:12 PM | link to this | reply

Re: A wake up post.

Thanks Justi, for your confidence in me. I have enjoyed my exhausting time with the little monkeys, but am too old to really handle this crowd. They are many of them special needs and I have no training in that. So, with so much stacked against me, I have taken the coward's way out and have tenldered my resignation.

I made them love me while I was there and I have learned to love them, and have taught them crafting, but not really art. We have had some fun and many difficulties. I have done my best and burned my short old candle at both ends and must go.

I suggested a younger teacher with more special training and told them that they must supply the teacher's room and give her an assistant. They now agree and the new teacher should have more back up than I did.

I have one more week with them and spent most of my salary on things for them to paint and decorate for families for Christmas as most are very poor. We will have fun, decorate  paper and wrap things. We made pine cone, peanut butter and bird seed feeders for each child, picture frames and boxes and small cars and planes, etc. for ornaments and gifts to siblings and the big kids were given small pieces of doll furniture to paint, lovely.

I took my clay and tho' we made a mess and I was mopping for an hour after school on Friday, they made some neat things which I will fire for them. What to do this week?? Four days. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

posted by benzinha on December 12, 2009 at 8:41 PM | link to this | reply

A wake up post.
This is a lovely post, despite the sadness at the ideals of our people in this day and time. Art is such a base for learning, it is the freedom to release the creativity inside all individuals. Go girl God will back you someone will come out of the woodwork and fund your needs. God bless your efforts.

posted by Justi on December 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM | link to this | reply

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