> theft is a problem if the other art teacher isn't
> watching her students. I have also found distruction of students' property a
I, too shared a room with another newbie. This teacher wasn't a youngun though.
Her methods and cleanup were a mystery. I tried to be a gentle as possible and
talked to her many times about the messes that her kids left, the destruction of
other students' work, obsenities drawn and written on desks,and the planting of
foreign objects in my plants, rotten food left in the art room etc. She just
laughed it off with an "A, yes, I am not too well organized am I". The corker
came when she helped herself to my personal stuff off my desk, and shared my
stuff with students. She didn't think I'd mind---don't ask though. Last and
least was paper mache' goop dripping all over my desk and landing on my
student's work, my samples and my drawers. I'm afraid I lost my cool. I got a
cart from the other room that my co-hort does not share and put all her stuff on
it. When she came in I told her the store room would be a much better place to
store wet slinmy projects, and she would have much more room for her own things.
I know she wasn't happy, but I got the point across. things were a little
strained between us for a little while till I broke the silence and complimented
her on a coat she had made.
Since then we have gotten along very well. Sometimes gentle hints don't work. I
try to share anything I have with anyone--only ask for common courtesy and
respect . Try that approach,