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RE: communication blunder

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 16:42:08 -0500


Hi to all, I thought I would let you all in on a mishap from last week. I
was in the middle of my fourth grade class and we were working on a semi
lesson of accentuating our recent craypa three dimensional drawings with a
decorated bordered frame. We had been talking about complementary colors,
opposite colors, shapes found in their work etc. The fourth grade teacher
who ALWAYS stays in the room had left for the minutes that we had been
having a great discussion about how we can emphasize colors found in the
work by contuing the drawing outside onto the frame. You should have heard
the kids as they got settled. Really making valuable observations about
their friends choices in the frame, asking each others opinion...etc...it
was fabulous. The teacher comes back and says to me.."getting them to do it
themselves huh???" and gives me a wink. I said "pardon me? what do you
mean?" " Getting them to mat their own work..that's smart..sure cuts down on
what you've got to do." I looked at her and say "no.. we talked about
emphasizing color, complements...>and I go on and on. She looks at me and
says "SURE>>>RIGHT...Don't worry I won't tell anyone." EXCUSE ME???? I
couldn't believe it. In a matter of moments she basically made me feel that
I have little or no value. I was very happy when i left and her kids were
maniacs..I didn't even take the minute I usually do to calm them down. It
was one moment in my career that i was happy I didn't have an art room and
could just leave! Stephanie