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Re: Messy art partner


Date: Tue Nov 13 2001 - 03:09:41 PST

In a message dated 11/13/01 3:05:43 AM Eastern Standard Time,

<< I have a problem with a co-art teacher that doesn't follow basic sink
 rules at clean-up >>

I have shared my room with other art teachers and found this issue a tricky
one. I think you have to be aware of the possibility of her getting insulted
or getting an attitude. You have to decide for yourself if talking to her is
worth the possible problem. Only you know what she is like and how she might
react. The most honest approach I think would be to talk CALMLY to her and
ask her help. Actually I find with any kind of criticism, if you talk about
your own feelings and are not critical of her, the results are better. I
guess you could post rules for clean up that include keeping the sink clean
but if she is leaving you a dirty room she doesn't understand. I feel for
you and how it must be upsetting you. My first year teaching I shared rooms
and had none of my own and had back to back classes in different rooms.
During my free periods I used ajax on the sinks. The teachers loved me. In
addition, I've found that theft is a problem if the other art teacher isn't
watching her students. I have also found distruction of students' property a
problem. Of course these are problems I have with my own students since I
have no lock up area. I'm anxious to hear other's ideas on this issure.
Best of luck. E Btw, sorry I used SHE always when referring to the other
teachers. I laughted at myself since we're an all female art department.