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Lesson Plans

Re: materials requests and etc.

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Wed, 3 Mar 1999 19:56:06 EST

Dear Stephanie---I can read from you letter how frustrated you are, and you
have every right to be furious. I have learned over the years the most
important word an art teacher has in their vocabulary is "NO". Kindly and
firmly said. When I first started teaching 20 years ago and kids came into
my room or teachers for that matter I would drop everything and get them what
they asked for interupting my lessons as I did it. In the middle of a lesson
many teachers sent kids in to get, "17 pieces of green paper, 13 X 17" or 18
scissors, or 15 bottle of white glue"--which I was using at the time! How
stupid of me! I now have learned that if I don't want to give them what they
want I simply say, "sorry I don't have time now" or " I cannot give you that".
Simple! We recently had a workshop run by a fabulous educator, Fran Prolman,
who said nothing is more important than teaching your students, and when you
interupt your lesson to converse with teachers or get things for another
teacher you are sending a message to the students that your lesson is not
really all that important---that being a "servant" to another teacher takes
presidence over them. I really don't care if the other teachers view me as
"mean"---the kids are the most important thing in my day! Stephanie---just say
no. 'Nuf said.