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Thursday, July 20, 2006

More beads Mrs McGlumpher?

Seaglass workshop was fine apart from the old chestnut of participants disrespecting yours materials. I have no sympathy for myself because I know the solution. You give your students only what you want them to have. End of problem. However the heat must have affected me last night and I did leave large reels of wire lying on the table which were duly yomped into. I don't even mind that if people are making things but to cut it and twist it and discard it really annoys me. I handed a little rats nets back to one offender, smiling sweetly all the while and told her she would have to make something lovely with that before she left. She got the message and took it home with her which at least removed it from my line of vision.

This problem is of my own making. I'll have to cost everything probably and only gamble with what I can afford to loose. Isn't that the secret of the stock market after all?


Gill said...

Sally, I think this is the worst aspect of teaching. We are all so generous with our materials, but are probably the only ones in the room who know the true value of them (and it's not always a financial value, either - scarcity of something which comes free can make it precious too).
As you say, there is an answer - making more work for ourselves in the process.
Why can't people simply be more respectful?!

Helen Suzanne said...

sorry sally a bit out of touch here...was this kids or adults out of interest. I'm sure kids will just asume the materials "fell from the sky" but surely adults should know better?

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