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Ann drama & art
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Riverrat
Fri, 05 Feb 1999 18:37:26 -0500
Dear Ann, In a situation such as this you need to do some formal conflict
resoulution with the drama teacher, and a non-partial mediator. You should
aim for a consenses, not compromise. By that I mean you should both end up
agreeing that art and drama are important experiences for the students. You
should find areas that you can work together on, your students might work
on the set design, drama students might write a play about the life of a
famous artist, such as Van Gogh. You have to change a win-lose situation
into a win-win one. Because there has been an oversight regarding the
importance of the visual arts over the years, you are at a disadvantage.
You have to raise consciousness. Have students create some art for nursing
homes, etc. get press and publicize. Do not attempt to draw staff, faculty
to you side. Side taking creates tension, and people resent being drawn
into situations where they have no expertise. That is why you need an
arbitrator. Mention this to him in person or, or write a memo to him. To
start things off you might have to apologize for blowing up, but at the
same time be assertive. Say, for example, the other day I unfortunately
blew up because I got so angry because my students lessons were
interrupted. I plan these lessons sequentially, and it is important for
students to be in attendence. We need to discuss this matter using conflict
resolution skills. (If he doesn't know what they are, tell him you're
learning too and will share info with him).Say, I'd like a mediator to be
present so our meeting will be reasonable and productive. Remember that
drama teachers know the art of drama. They can be effective persuaders.
Keep things professional. If he goes off ranting, etc., always bring him
back to the basic issue. Do not cloud it with other issues. Do not get
personal. If you don't succeed this time, think of it as a learning
experience. There is a Gandhi Peace Center in Kentucy. They will help you
with learning the art of conflict resolution. Good Luck, Diane L.
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