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Lesson Plans

ahhhgh! requests

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Thu, 22 Jul 1999 17:12:20 EDT

We have an auction at our school every year too. They have asked me every
year to donate something from the students. I try to tell them that I have
surveyed the students, and they just don't want to let their art go. Also I
see no purpose in putting children and families through the emotional trauma
of putting a monetary value on their children's art work.

Every they ask for more and somehow I end up donating more, with no
appreciation. Last year I organized to have two 7th grade quilts stitched
together, framed 40+ prints, have our artist in residence piece framed, and
put them all up on display. I didn't get a thank you card or anything. I only
got complaints about how few of the prints were actually for sale, (the kids
didn't want to sell them) and how we need more, more, more for next year!

On top of the auction, I have demands for: props for chapel and religion (and
often times other classes), materials from many classes,(yes some teachers
think I am an art supplt store-argh) gifts for teachers and parents, family
art night, artist in residence events, art for the carnival, and mardi gras,
the commercial art needs of the school and church...the list could go on and

Sorry fellow artsednetters, I was venting. Its sooo frustrating. Everyone
does think it would be soo easy for the art teacher to do these things. At
least my administrator understands. He clearly sees all the demands that are
placed on my and often weeds a lot of them out before they come my way. I
dont look forward to fighting them off this year!

I'd like to hear more clever ways of saying "no!" I need to store a bunch of
them in my tool belt!

Thanks for listening to my gripes..:(