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The good part of downsizing

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I can see the front of my classroom again!!!! I can reach the white boards without climbing on boxes of tiles!!! I can use the electric outlet in the front of my room!!!!!

Okay - downsizing. Not only do we need to get rid of 90%+ of what we own at home, I also need to get rid of some of the items I've collected at school. Art teachers are natural hoarders, because we don't usually have budgets, we're on the bottom of the schools acquisition list, we rarely get the equipment and supplies we really would like to have. So we scrounge, save, hoard - and I had boxes and boxes of donated tiles, which we've used in the murals.

But now, with the murals mostly finished, I thought it was time to get rid of the majority of the tiles, especially the neutrals. I had a bunch of students, mostly the boys who are taller than I am, help me with saving small boxes of the neutral color tiles, and then carting the extra tiles (boxes and boxes of broken tile in white, grey, beige, brown, black) down the hallway and out to the dumpster behind the cafeteria.

Of course, being students, some of the guys left the boxes of tiles on the ground outside the dumpster, rather than throwing them inside. I just hope the garbage pick up guys can get all the tile into the truck when they collect it.
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PHEBESS 4/21/2012 4:21PM

    No idea who will replace me - and might not be replaced, they aren't rehiring at the moment. We'll see what happens.

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2012 10:29AM

    Downsizing will have everybody at school realizing that yup, you really are leaving!!

Have you checked out the Google art project yet? You'll need to download Chrome if you haven't done so, for viewing . . . . but it's amazing already, although just getting started/in its infancy. Would love to have had it when I was teaching art history . . .. you can even create your own "art collection" of famous works AND zoom in on details much more closely than a gallery guard would ever permit! Some consolation for your students who are losing you??

Here's the link: http://www.googleartproject.com/>
Art Gallery of Ontario is even one of the listed sites!! (But not the National in Ottawa yet . . . )

I can just imagine some wealthy collector deciding to downsize since he could now access all the works given away on Google Art!!

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JLPNURSE 4/21/2012 9:00AM

    Any idea who will replace you?

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SECRETFUN 4/20/2012 7:58PM

  so sad the tiles ended up in the dumpster! But better than some other places!

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PLATINUM755 4/20/2012 6:44PM

    The 90/10 rule applies across all areas of life, and it's amazing how good it feels when you use it. Good job!

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PHEBESS 4/19/2012 8:14PM

    Most of the stuff in the classroom will stay there for a potential next art teacher - but there are some items that I know no one else will use - so those are the things I'm getting rid of. Like the tiles.

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MILLISMA 4/19/2012 7:55PM

    I never thought about downsizing in the classroom.....now here at home, that's another story!!!!

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