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Re: [teacherartexchange] Extra work


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun May 25 2008 - 21:21:37 PDT

Hahaha! I meant "weeks" not "months." 4 months would be grand,
though, wouldn't it?


On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 12:20 AM, Rebecca Burch <> wrote:
> 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.
> Becky
> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 10:02 PM, Chantal Pinnow <> 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?
>> Thanks,
>> Chantal
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