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Re:[teacherartexchange] dyes

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Heather_Hayes_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Dec 20 2007 - 10:30:26 PST


>Did someone tell you that you couldn't use rubber bands? Why the heck
not?
>Maybe they are telling you not to do the project, do something else.

I can't use rubber bands because the kids might -heaven forbid- shoot each
other. Or they might take them home and shoot each other there.

I also can't use red dye because they might be silly and pretend it's
blood.

The other teachers on my team (who are going to be helping on tie-dye day)
have some control issues - can you tell?

I don't know that I can cancel (or significantly modify) this tradition
without making huge waves. Apparently, the local media always comes and
takes pictures of this day. It's tradition to hang the shirts on the
fence for them to dry - we make a giant rainbow with them, and the picture
of the fence is usually in the paper.

I think I'd rather try to keep up the tradition than cause a rift. It's a
case of choosing my battles. (I've already instituted some massive
changes around here - I'm a choice/TAB teacher. My team already thinks
I'm nuts.) Besides, these kids have such a limited understanding of
community and tradition that I don't want to erase what little is here.

I'm sure it'll be fine - I've just never done it on such a massive scale.

Thanks for all the tips! I've learned a lot.

Heather in TX

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