This is a great post from The Art of Education site. Please read all the comments. I've heard them all plus some other doozies. My favorites this year: When an EC teacher was asked for the modifications that were needed for her students so that the elective teachers could modify the work we do in our classes for her students (it's not just us art folk that don't get taken seriously) she wanted to know why, since all we do is 'play' on the exploratory hallway anyway. This sounds horrible, but I do my best to avoid her in the hallway now and rarely look her in the face. (Lesson #1 Don't cheese off the art teacher) Just recently, we found out that during fourth quarter, our 8th grade students would be pulled from our classes, a week at a time by homerooms for career counseling. So, during any given week I could be missing 2 or 3 kids or maybe more from my class who I will either need to catch up the following week or give extra time to complete their projects. Like I don't have to give them a grade and what I do in my class is not valid. No one consulted us or asked our opinion about this and it was just sprung on us at the last minute. That's just from people that I work with. Fellow teachers and colleagues. I guess that is the frustrating part. I would HOPE that they might understand a little bit more of what I do in my classroom every day. If they don't get it, how can I have any hope that my students and their parents will?
Sigh. It's not easy being green.