Bulletin boards originally came about to showcase great students work, avoid taping to bare tiled walls and of course, covering up countless bare school brick and mortar walls.
Back when there were no deadlines, weekly and monthly change schedules and Quality Review hysteria, teachers and students actually took pride in their bulletin boards.
THAT WAS THEN….
THIS IS NOW…
Principal Announcement at Faculty Meeting:
“Please make sure your bulletin boards are changed and updated by Friday. We have visitors coming and they really want to look at all your student feedback. You know the feedback we are talking about, right? The post-its that we ask you to put over the students’ work. Oh and don’t forget your task and common core aligned standards. Put the grade on there too so everyone can see the students’ marks while we violate privacy laws.”
It’s become ridiculous, but there is something we can do together. In solidarity, we encourage chapter leaders, of schools whose administration harks on all these bulletin board mandates, to file Paperwork Reduction Complaints here. The link is on the UFT website and is accessible only to chapter leaders. If chapter leaders don’t want to file, then members can ask UFT Solidarity caucus to file it for them. Unfortunately, retaliation potential silences voices. Use www.uftsolidarity.org/paperwork and our paperwork committee will help.
Anyone who is disciplined for not abiding by the ridiculous mandates should file a Grievance Referencing Article 21. See our Toolbox if you need help.
Article 21 A 6 states: “The following issues shall not be the basis for discipline of pedagogues: a) the format of bulletin boards…”
Let’s Take Back Our Classroom Bulletin Boards!