What is One Thing You Would Change About Your Job?
Many art teachers will say “Teaching Art is the best Job in the World,” and I couldn’t agree more! I feel pretty lucky to have the job I do. I teach at an urban middle school where I have supportive colleagues and administrators. Most of my students like art class and I teach in a spacious art studio. I have ample amount of storage, large windows to let in natural light and (almost) all the supplies I could need. Even though I feel like I have a pretty good job, I can’t help but dream about some things I would change about my job. Some are in my control, others are definitely not! Regardless, it’s fun to think about.
Here is my “Art Teacher Wish List:”
1. Like most of you, I would give myself more time. Time is precious and valuable. Let’s face it, we all need more time.
2. I would add an additional planning period to my schedule.
Here’s why: My planning period is at the end of the day during the school wide Response to Intervention (RTI) period. During this time, students receive additional support in their Core classes. (Exploratory classes aren’t requited to participate because it’s during our planning period.) I saw the benefits of RTI and decided to participate. It was my choice. If a student is behind in my class, I write them a pass to come in and work during RTI, my planning period. Do I have to give up my planning period? No. Do I give passes out daily? No. Some days I NEED that time to myself, some days I NEED silence. So if a student asks to come in, I simply say no. I’ve found that letting students work during this time gives them the extra time they need. I know this time helps students because I can see it in the amount of projects they complete and the quality of their work. I just wish I was able to help students AND have an uninterrupted planning period.
Until then, I will continue to share my planning period with my students and dream of an additional time. I know the list looks very different for everyone, so feel free to share yours in the comments section below.
If you could change one thing about your job, what would you change?
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While you are creating your wish list, how about creating a Professional Bucket List, too?