What exactly is "more work to do"? By that, are you saying that they
will ask you to build and maintain webpages for other departments in
your school? If so, say no. Decide just what you are willing to do, be
proactive and indicate to the principal what you have time to do with
the art department website. Smile throughout the whole discussion and
end with something like "After all, the students come first and art
instruction comes first."
If you are stuck with some useless committee assignment, consider
bargaining for doing the website and NOT being on the committee.
Everyone's work situation is different, so there are no hard-and-fast
recommendations. From my experience in public education; it helps to
speak up about what one is willing to do or not do. When said with a
smile, it's much easier for others to hear it and accept.
In my opinion, it's really important to protect one's personal time
outside of the school day. We all have lives to live, families to love,
art to make, hobbies to pursue, houses to clean, etc. The inclination
and expectations that teachers "live to serve" and will "always go the
extra mile" needs to be highly modified; or young teachers will continue
to leave teaching in droves!
From: Tammy Morin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 17, 2006 5:52 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Art Website
I am hoping to get your professional opinions on something I am
pondering. My administrator recently asked for the art department assist
our tech person with creating an art website for our school. He
suggested that we research other art sites in our quest. At first I was
put off thinking, here is more work to do that I don't have time for.
A few months back I took a web design class and created a website my
school's art department. I am pondering if I should use it. My concern
is if I supply it will appear that they can just give me more work and I
will do it. My friend also a teacher said I should definitely use it.
That I created it for my school and what good is all the work I did if
it is not being shared.
I do like the site I created and would like to share it but don't want
to leave the impression that hey here I am give me more work.