This is National Arts in Education Week! I'm so happy to get to put up a showcase at school that advocates for the arts in my school. Bulletin boards and showcases have been a great way to show off what my students do.
I first started doing all of the bulletin boards and showcases when I lived down south. I worked with teachers who were willing to absorb all my before and after school duties, if I did all the displays. At my current school, I volunteered to do all the displays about 5 or 6 years ago. There was no trade. I just took the work off the hands of my coworkers, and took it upon myself. I have done two showcases and three bulletin boards, and have been happy to do it.
Sadly, because my schedule is packed tight, I no longer have extra time to give. Eleven weeks of the year, I am up to the very maximum teaching time that my state will allow. And with increased duties and less planning time, I just don't have the time to give. It makes me sad to let this go. I have enjoyed it and I think it is good for showcasing art. It also makes me sad to think that whoever will now take on these boards, will likely see them as a burden. It feels like a lose/lose situation.