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In my opinion, every student needs and deserves to display their work. I
always have given artists a choice whether or not they would like to show and
encouraged them strongly to do so. Of course, that means you can't always
hang everyone's stuff--with 800 or so students every week, there aren't enough
walls (or time) in the world to hang it ALL--so one way to handle it is, for
example, to choose one third grade class and put up all that class's mounted
work from a particular project and another class's work at the end of the next
project. I also include computer generated signage explaining what the
problem was, the art history connections, techniques and concepts learned,
etc. It gives the parents, students and faculty a chance to see a
representative sample of what's going on the art room--and, hopefully, it
impresses the heck out of them! It also, I think, helps students be
accountable for what happens in the art room and values their work equally.
It seems there are times you have to be selective--the yearly art festival,
etc.--when you have to pick a few of the best pieces because there is a limit
given by administration, but in my school, I want every child to see their
work displayed and know it is valued. I now teach at middle school and do the
same thing there because I still feel the same way--maybe because I don't like
being "deselected" myself! I'll get off my soapbox now--thanks for listening!