It comes from the administrator. If you have a good
and supportive administrator, they will understand
what you have just said and come up with a tactful way
of phrasing it for next year. However, each school I
have been at has had a different, ahem, philosophy of
what an art department is supposed to look like. If
they are less supportive and believe it your job to
support the school in these ways, then I would just
softly interject that this is fine, so long as they
understand that you will need additional money to
provide for supplies, and that you will need to take a
break from your curriculum in order to see it through.
You can't do everything. Thanks for listening to my
--- 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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