Open your classroom
This guest post was contributed by 2nd grade teacher Kevin Grover from DW Lunt School in Falmouth. Kevin is the 2010 Maine Teacher of the Year. I think this is a great idea and suggest you join in by inviting a representative to your classroom so help them become aware of the important work you are doing as an arts educator.
I propose that you join me in contacting local town councilors, school board members, state representatives and federal representatives. These elected officials should spend at least one hour in a classroom between Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29 . It is not a time for a panel discussion, whole school assemblies in honor of prestigious guests or catered lunches. It is time for sitting in on a math lesson, reading to a few students or joining teachers on their 20 minute lunch break at the photocopier. Please don’t plan on showcasing a favorite lesson or prepare anything special. A usual day in your classroom will be enough. It is time for a dose of reality.
I have designed a wikispace at http://reptoschoolweek.wikispaces.com/ to be shared with other teachers from around our nation. Feel free to check it out and send it to your teaching colleagues in other school systems.