I always send out a memo at the beginning of the school year asking
teachers to kindly give me 4 weeks notice for the special projects.
If I have 4 months, I can usually plan them so that I teach the
appropriate objectives and can usually work some objectives into the
"special project" so that it is an educational experience. If they
give me less than 4 weeks notice, I will occasionally choose to do
them, but usually not, as it is usually not plan-able. :)
I've found that if you have a policy and are consistent, people
understand. For those who aren't understanding, I usually ask them if
they could just drop everything that they're working on in class and
take on some other project. Usually, they get it at that point. If
they don't, they never will, and I wash myself of guilt because they
have no respect for my subject.
On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 10:02 PM, Chantal Pinnow <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> 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.
> I should just grow a backbone and say "NO", but I almost always end up
> trying to help out and then end up in tears because I am stressed out trying
> to get something done that I really shouldn't have to do.
> My question is really more for next year... do you have a policy for when
> teachers or organizations ask you to do art projects for them?
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