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Re: [teacherartexchange] schools' expectations of an art teacher


From: Sidnie Miller (smiller_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 21 2005 - 12:14:08 PDT

Our art club is always fundraising, so when anyone asks me to do some sign etc. for them
I say we'd be happy to and pull out our suggested donation chart---$50 for a painted sign,
and so forth. Some pay, some disappear.

>>> 09/20/05 3:01 PM >>>

Good question. A similar thing happened to me when I refused to have my
students make the Chilli Supper posters in my elementary art classes. The
person who asked was the president of the PTA. She complained to the principal
and he backed me up! The next year the PTA paid for brand new tables for the
art room, so I guess in the long run it had no lasting effect. I wish I could
advise people about this kind of thing...Sometimes we just have to let people
get angry and realize that they own their own reactions. That is very hard to
do, especially if the person is an influential person. Does anyone have any


Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204 
Quoting Terry Marney <>:
> Along the same line as being expected to teach
> multiple courses within one class period....does
> anyone else experience teachers having unrealistic
> expectations of an art teacher?  Such as expecting you
> to change your curriculum so that your art students
> can do set design for her Haunted House?  Or how about
> the ones who constantly come to you for materials,
> posterboard & construction paper?  Any ideas or
> suggestions on how to politely let them know that our
> art budget doesn't provide for the entire school?  Or
> that our curriculum is an ACTUAL curriculum which
> meets the state requirements and is not just there for
> fluff and haunted houses?  I don't mean for this to
> sound so negative....but these are issues that I've
> been faced with that I never really know how to
> respond to!  The haunted house thing just recently
> happened and the person was irate that I would suggest
> that it be done after-school and not during my class!
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