I always let any teacher borrow from me. I think the goodwill I create far outweighs the cost. Besides I figure the money I spend on art supplies is school money and it's meant for the kids so if it's going for kids in or out of the art room I don't care.
It's opened doors for me as far as teachers who are now comfortable with me to share ideas and coordinate possible lessons and information about students.
I do write down what people take however and if I don't see it back soon I can call and remind them that they have some of my stuff.
But I have a nice budget and no problem ordering supplies so that certainly makes a difference.
>From: Chantal Pinnow <email@example.com>
>Date: 2006/10/14 Sat AM 02:32:46 CDT
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] borrowing supplies
>I am sure this topic has probably been covered before, but I was wondering
>if anyone has a good way to deal with people that want to "borrow" art
>supplies (teachers, clubs, student council, cheerleaders etc.)?
>I should just say no to everybody, but I am such a sucker. A few pieces of
>paper or a little paint here and there add up when everyone asks for them. I
>have thought about pricing things and charging for them. Some things would
>be easy to charge for (paper), but a lot of people want to use paint. If I
>let them use some, how do you charge for that? The other thing is brushes or
>non-consumable items. If a teacher needs a bunch of scissors or colored
>pencils just for one class day, I can see why they would want to borrow them
>and not buy them. Am I being a jerk if I say no?
>I thought about charging a rental fee. I feel like such a pinch-penny. I
>definitely have a large budget compared to the rest of the teachers and
>so-far, the amount being borrowed isn't going to break me. It is just the
>principle of the thing. That money is for art class and it is not being used
>for art class.
>I halfway thought about telling the teachers that borrow stuff that they had
>to give me all their whiteboard markers as payment. Maybe then they would
>realize it comes out of my budget since that comes out of their budget.-ha
>Sorry, for the rant. It is pep-rally day, and I have been hit up for
>supplies one too many times today.
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