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>In a message dated 99-04-28 19:51:50 EDT, gregjuli writes:
><< What are some of the
> things you all do to keep that energy level up till the last school
> bell of the year rings?
> MaryB >>
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>I just finished moving, sending the contents of my house in 6 different
>directions, and doing the supply inventory and order for next year. I had
>really get my act together. Here's what I do.
>The key for me is to keep myself organized, stay on top of things, so I
>get overwhelmed. Then I'm not tired from stress. I can be upbeat and keep
>kids in line.
>I do detailed lessons for the week on the weekend, with lists and more
>of everything needed for each class. That way I don't have to deal with it
>I get up very early, arrive at school a couple of hours early, so I'm
>prepared, and then my day goes smoothly. If I am required to internal sub
>during my free period, my baskets and carts for my classes are ready before
>the day begins. Then I can handle losing my free period. Otherwise, I am
>running, forgetting something, running back, skipping lunch.
>I am organizing cabinets, shelves, file boxes and just got two units of 60
>letter filing shelves (they look like mailboxes). I'm starting to feel
>I can file after using something and FIND things. I stress when I can't
>something needed for a class and have to spend valuable time looking or
>everthing piles up on my carts and on the countertops and floor.
>Everything I introduce is new media for the kids, so they are enthused:
>printmaking, painting, pastels (I laminate the pastels), weaving,
>I think they worked with more dry materials before I came to the school.
>I stay until I'm finished after school, that way I have time for lunch the
>following day. I keep current on the grading. In my storeroom, each class
>a labeled drawer where I keep the projects, so I don't lose them.
>When a book inspires the artwork, I read the story to the kids, and use the
>strategy, #'d heads together with a spinner, to question them during the
>reading. For their critique, I put the criteria on the board that students
>must use for their comment. I find they ohh and ahh when the student holds
>his project. It beefs up the self esteem. Also, I don't have to bring in
>supplies that day.
>I have two kids come in to help me during their lunch, my free period, so
>they can do bulletin boards, fill paint cup strips, etc.
>Now I have to prepare and select the entries for the district art show, the
>admin. bldg. display and the state contest, and I'm going to make art
>on the computer with tie dye paper to distribute at our building assembly.
>I have to return all of their artwork and assemble some kind of portfolio
>with the kids to take home their work for the year.
>I deal with a day at a time. I don't follow a clock on the weekend.