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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Mar 15 2002 - 19:38:05 PST


I tell teachers to NOT be resourceful when they have no money....I was
killing myself hauling supplies to my other school because the other school I
teach (have done this at various schools for 3 years) in has NO money...and
one day, I was talking to our school social worker and we were discussing a
few things and one of the things that came up was how much extra work I am
doing because I am at this other school. Her response was, if that is what
they allow for art...then work with that....do not take extra supplies.

Well.....I thought about it...and my more empathic side said but...these kids
aren't getting the same educational experiences that I give my other
students....but my more practical side said....this is not the priority in
this school....so...I no longer haul huge wagonfulls of supplies to that
school....they do paint, collage and drawing...that is it! I work with what
is there...and have become much happier because of it!

So....I now say to teachers who are distressed about their budgets...work
with what you have....don't kill yourself to scrounge up supplies...(ps...I
am in a very wealthy school district...although both my main school and my
extra school are title one...there is no reason for any teacher in our
district to not have a decent art budget!) if the principal does not see
this as a priority...then work with what you can afford....and if
questioned...say that I could not afford XY & Z with my budget!

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