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materials request

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Riverrat (mselle)
Wed, 03 Mar 1999 19:00:03 -0500


You have to be very firm with teachers who want to use your student's art
supplies. Tell them that you were allocated a certain amount of money to
purchase supplies for your art students, and that if teachers need
supplies, they have to find the funds in their own budgets. If they make
faces, pout, complain, get nasty, you have to learn to toughen up and
ignore, or if it gets really bad, type up a form letter explaining your
professional obligation to your students needs, that the supplies are for
them to use in the art room, and that you are accountable to maintain an
inventory. I've had this problem, especially with new teachers or subs who
just saunter into my room to "borrow" supplies. If I happen to catch them,
I tell them that the supplies are reserved for projects, each student is
expected to find his/her share, and that I can't make exceptions. Of course
I can, and sometimes, though rarely, I do, if the situation is urgent, but
that's the privledge I am entitled to, since I know the status of my
supplies. Initally the teachers are caught off guard and can appear
annoyed. Be firm, and FRIENDLY. Make sure you don't snub them, even if they
try to snub you. REMEMBER, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT. THEY HAVE TO LEARN TO WORK
WITH YOU. IF THEY HAVE BEEN SPOILED BY THE TEACHER BEFORE YOU, YOU ARE
STILL ENTITLED TO MAINTAIN YOUR PROFESSIONALISM, AND ONE OF THOSE WAYS IS
BY OVERSEEING YOUR SUPPLIES. IT MAY TAKE A WHILE FOR THEM TO GET USED TO
YOU, BUT THINK HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD TO GET USED TO THEM. IT'S THEIR TURN
NOW. GOOD LUCK. SINCERELY, Diane L.