It was our first staff meeting of the year today. Our principal got smart and took us to meet in a room outside of the school so we could not sneak off to work in our classrooms. We had a nice lady come facilitate a "vision planing" session where we decided on our core values as a school, our vision for the school in three years and some projects we can work on during this school year.
Four times during the day people wrote down they wanted murals on or around the school. The brainstorming was done in groups so I never saw who wrote down they wanted a mural. At the very end of the day on the paper that listed things we really, really wanted to get done this year "mural" was listed.
I've done small and large scale murals before, in fact my undergrad honors thesis was on the use of murals in different social groups/social institutions. So I'm pretty knowledgeable about what goes into making a mural and the time and $$$ investment. A real, nice looking, long term mural is a serious project.
At the end of the training I raised my hand and told the 60+ people present that I would be happy to work on a mural project this year but it was not something I could do alone, I would need help from other adults. I asked who would help me with the mural or was really excited about it.
NO ONE raised their hand.
The facilitator scanned the room and ask me if I was the one who repeatedly listed painting a mural. I told her it was not me. She looked at the room again and said, "well who wrote it down, is anyone willing to help with the project?" Then three teachers bust out giggling and all at the same time sing song-ed "We'll help you Suzanne!" and dissolved into snickers. My response was a stupefied "um ok...we can talk more later."
I am totally baffled by their response. Was the mural idea a joke? Do they want one? Were they making fun of me? I don't really get it. All I know is I'm not going to take on a large mural project without the backing of the other teachers and staff. The whole exchange left me confused and a bit paranoid I guess.