I began sharing an art room with another art teacher a couple of years ago. It can be a tricky busines depending upon the individuals involved. In my case we were the proverbial odd couple with me, admittedly, being the messy one. We worked out a system of yours , mine and ours. This was then negotiated by sharing left overs toward the end of the year. Self imposed rules for cooperation are helpful too; always address concerns to your room mate first, approach with an attitude that all issues can be solved, never gossip or complain to others about internal issues, remember that you are a team of sorts and need to keep it professional. I have learned alot about myself and also have received wonderful ideas from sharing.
--- On Wed 08/03, M. Austin < email@example.com > wrote:
From: M. Austin [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 08:51:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Sharing a classroom
While I have never shared a room with another art teacher I have shared with <br>a science teacher before, and currently share one room with the music <br>teacher. I would suggest that you sit down and have a good talk before <br>school begins. Designate which space will be used by each teacher for <br>supplies, storage, student work, etc. Do you share supplies? If so, figure <br>out a system so you both know well in advance which supplies you are <br>planning on using so you don't walk in one day expecting to use something <br>special and find it's disappeared. If you don't share consumables, discuss <br>what can be shared between you, and what is off limits. The more you plan <br>ahead the less problems you will run into in the long run. There will always <br>be some frustration when sharing a room, that just cannot be helped. I get <br>more annoyed by the teachers I don't share a room with who "borrow" supplies <br>and forget to return them (like
paintbrushes).<br>~Michal<br><br><br><br>> Do you have tips on sharing a classroom with another<br>> art teacher? I will share two classrooms-2D and<br>> computer lab during the 2005-2006 academic year and<br>> could use some advice. Also, the 2D classroom does<br>> not have a sink. Thank you.<br>> Y.R. Brown<br><br><br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html >