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Re: [teacherartexchange] Extra work

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun May 25 2008 - 19:47:07 PDT


If it is something I want to do then I do it. Otherwise I tell them either
it doesn't fit into my curriculum or that I don't have time to fit it in. If
I can offer a solution I will. You can quickly overwhelm yourself AND make
your students resentful. I have gotten some really odd requests - to have my
students paint a mural in a town 50 miles away (?), to create a chicken
pinata for a prank present, the backdrop for the play, paintings for people
to give as gifts, programs & posters for events, etc etc. Rarely is there
discussion of compensation for myself or my students. IF you decide you want
to do the "extra" work, garner a return favor in exchange. Maybe they can
treat the class to a pizza party if it is a large job (backdrops are pretty
time consuming!), purchase supplies for your class, etc. Having a list of
things they can do for you ready to go, so you can rattle them off with
ease, often allows you to say "yes" but makes the other party back off
quickly! There are many ways to be a team player that don't involve being
taken advantage of - and if you are resentful or frustrated they are taking
advantage. Good luck - it gets easier to say no with practice!!!
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

> I am wondering if anyone has a policy in place about doing backdrops and
> other "extra" work for other teachers or the PTO. Every year I have a
> different people come and ask if I can get my students to design something
> or paint some sort of backdrop or something for a school event. I do want
> to
> be a team player and help out when I can, but at the same time, I do have
> a
> curriculum that I am trying to get through that doesn't involve painting a
> backdrop for different events. It ends up taking a lot of extra time and
> in
> most cases my supplies.

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