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Respect

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Eggplant49 (Eggplant49)
Sun, 1 Mar 1998 17:09:30 EST


This is a general "thanks" to everyone for all of the great ideas, advice and
blanket encouragement. I, too, am a "late bloomer"- came to teaching art from
a variety of other art-related professions. I found that in the beginning I
was so thrilled and excited to be teaching in my own wonderful room (K-8) that
I allowed some of my colleagues to step all over me...sending kids
<interrupting my classes> for supplies, asking that I did the "messy stuff" in
my room for THEIR bulletin boards, rescheduling classes because they had
trips, etc. I found the solution to be an e-mail to everyone in school-
explaining how the constant interruptions ruined my lessons and the kids
attention span, how a note with the supplies required would be fulfilled as
promptly as possible and how <surprise!!!> I have a curriculum to follow and
complete...so altho I loved to do cross-curricular projects, I wasn't doing
anyone's "grunt" work. The most guilty party told me that it had never
occurred to him!!!!!! I think because we love to do art and it looks like so
much "fun!!!", much the work we do is ignored. Things have changed a great
deal since my e-mail! I am in my 7th year of teaching...it occurred in year
3... nO, I didn't lose any friends...no one seems angry...I guess respect is
the name of the game....
Lynn in NJ

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