We are all about Work/Life Balance here at AOE, and I am sure some of you feel as though your co-workers are like an extended family.
Of course you have a lot in common with your colleagues professionally, but the most important thing that bonds us, is that we are human. There will be days when we show up to work and we really don’t want to be there. There will be days when your personal life take over and it can be hard to focus on teaching. Luckily, students keep us so busy, it’s hard to think about anything else once the bell rings each morning! I LOVE the saying below. It’s so true!
One of my co-woerkers had a brother who passed away (too young) from cancer, and he was a professional potter. Naturally, as the art teacher, my head started spinning of what we could do for her when she returned. I got all the teachers in the school together to create a special piece of pottery for our colleague. First, I had them each roll a coil. We put the coils together to create a vase in remembrance of her brother. Everyone literally had a ‘hand” in the project. The teachers loved coming down to the art room and getting their hands messy (you should have seen how nervous they were to touch the clay- Hilarious!) and it mean SO MUCH to my colleague to receive something so special from her co-workers. She kept it on her desk for years.
Sometimes a simple act of giving and sharing artwork can help someone who needs a smile….
What are ways you or your students have used art to brighten someone’s day?
Any coping strategies for getting through the work day, even when it’s hard?