Promoting respect for art program (was: Re: Top ten things beginning art teachers need to know)
- Penny -
I developed a policy that deals with other people's requests
(demands?) on my time and resources. I worked to show respect to my
colleagues and their needs while insisting that my vision for my
program be maintained.
Putting the policy together helped eliminate the "ding dong gone"
habits of some teachers ("My kids need to make 25 volcanoes and
paint them - I knew you wouldn't mind doing that. It's just soooo
messy in *my* room!) and the "plan far enough ahead that she'll have
time to get used to it" crew. ("Second grade will need 430 flowers
for the folkloric dance in December. Use whatever flower pattern
you'd like but make sure the colors are red and yellow - kthnxbai!)
I've posted a pdf copy of the policy in the files section of the
list. You're welcome to use any parts of it that are useful for
>I still do the occasional bit of artwork for celebrations or just
because I think we need it, but its on my terms. Examples of those
kinds of things are pictured on my website here:
>Joyce (reveling in WA summer weather)
K-5 Art Specialist
> 3d. Re: Top ten things beginning art teachers need to know and be able t
> Posted by: "Penny Lee" penny_lee53@... pennylee53
> Date: Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:47 am ((PDT))
> Only a couple of times did teachers want me to make / construct something for them;
> interestingly the music teacher wanted to do a musical production with the 7th / 8th
> graders and asked me to do the sets or head-up a group of students to do the sets.
> Had no idea when he expected me to work on this project and where the $ was going to
> come from (to pay me).
> I did have scads of teachers ask for materials at different times; stuff that wasn't
> even supplied by the school. Yarn, specialty paper, sequins, etc. They also asked
> for things that were part of the material supplied by the school / district but was
> something they could have ordered from the district warehouse the same way I was
> going to when I ran out. Not only was it the material that they asked for, it was
> how they approached me; at the time they needed it. No advance notice of any sort.
> Some also returned material brushes, scissors, dirty and / or broken; then blame the
> kids for not cleaning the brushes before they were returned. The science teacher
> who I shared a huge storage room (between our classroom) with adjoining doors used
> to walk in on while I had classes asking to borrow material that she needed right
> then. Once she even interrupted me when I was giving directions to kids!!!! At
> the beginning of each school year I sent out a very polite e-mail asking if anyone
> was going to need materiel to give me at least a two day notice. Didn't work.
> When I taught 6th grade, which I did for 9 years before coming to Art, whenever I
> needed material for a project I made sure I had staple Art material on hand before
> needing it, only went to the Art teacher (who also was a friend of mine) when I ran
> short of materiel. When the project called for something that wasn't an Art staple
> I bought it myself; didn't assume the Art teacher had it or would even give it to me!
> What ever happened to those days?
> Penny Lee