This is really the truth. About a hundred years ago (my then student - now colleague) Shawn Costello and I put this list (below) together for SchoolArts Magazine. Actually, Shawn put it together from remarks I made in a materials and techniques class when she was my student. It talks about making friends with the custodians and cafeteria workers...which of course includes any one on the staff...secretaries, school nurse etc. SchoolArts published it in poster form and I still see it in many art rooms in the Baltimore area.
love kids. Love art. Take lots of vitamin B complex. Be Dramatic.
Read School Arts. Make friends with the custodians and cafeteria
workers. Be colorful. Find a good therapist orspiritual advisor.
Think deeply. Transcend paper cuts. Openyour heart. Soak back
and feet in hot eucalyptus baths. Display artwork with
student narratives. Make snowmen outside and
paint with watercolors. Go the extra mile. Rest. Line up good art
subs...Keep telephone numbers at home. Make lots of puppets.
Put on lots of shows. Playbeautiful music. Learn the art of winging
it...Murphy's law loves the art room. Only teach lessons you
would enjoy doing yourself. Don't talk too much...Get to the fun stuff.
Life's tooshort. Be funny. Be compassionate.
S. Costello Brownell and Kay Broadwater
From: N2ART247@aol.com [mailto:N2ART247@aol.com]
Sent: Sun 5/23/2004 11:02 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: What goes around - Comes around! TREAT all staff with kindness
I pride myself in the relationships I have with ALL the people at my school. I am friends with the custodial staff (REAL friends. We talk, laugh and share our problems) I know the cafeteria workers and they know me by name. I know their kid's names. WHY? I don't expect favors later-but you will get them. It is the old adage about "You get back what you put into somthing"...or "What goes around, comes around." Eventually all you do comes back to you - maybe in different forms from many outlets. Some shows up next week, some next year. I just find it easier to be kind to everyone. TREAT people the way you would like to be treated. On the flip side, I see colleagues with doctorate degrees (sorry- just an example - docs) who so self-absorbed, aloof, etc.You can have many doctorate degrees and be solidly ignorant. Case in point - At our end-of-the-year luncheon, a custodial worker stood up in front of our entire faculty to give a plaque to a teacher who keeps her room "so clean you could eat off the floor." To me, this was one of the most poignant moments of the whole day. Tears formed in my eyes. My friend sitting next to me, taps me and says, Look, Mrs. Doughface and Ms. Applehead. THEY WERE LAUGHING at the way the custodial person spoke. (broken English, incorrect grammar, so $@@@!!6% what) ? Without glancing at these fools- I told my friend clearly that folk with degrees can still be IGNORANT! The real scholar in the room was the custodian. Kind, giving and honoring someone they respected.
Have a lovely summer. My forwarding address will be pool side with a cool beverage (tacky pink umbrella in it) in hand.
Relax - Take some deep breaths!
"Grow where you are planted."
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