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[teacherartexchange] Last minute cry for help!


Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 18:37:44 PDT

Thanks for all of the help on my African unit. I ended up doing it on masks
and then focusing on some masks from the Kuba region and from the Northwest
Coast Indians. I think it's a pretty good unit...for my first one anyway! I
hope my teacher likes it. Thanks for so many good ideas though!

Now on to new concerns:

Well, school starts on Monday. I'm so scared, but I'm trying not to freak
out. I just saw my classroom today...since the school is still being built.
Here's what I have: a nice sized blue classroom with two big windows and one
counter with a small sink and cabinets beneath it. That's it! No storage
closet or space. What on earth am I going to do with eveyrthing? I know I'm going
to have to ask for some sort of storage, but I'm used to seeing art rooms
with nice walk in closets for storing everything. I was hoping to have one and
to keep the paper cutter in there so the little once can't get to it. Guess
not. I don't even think the paper cutter willf it on the one counter I have.
Any creative suggestions for storing things?

Another concern: I've been told that on the first day, I am to visit every
classroom (K-8) for like 20 minutes and just introduce myself and whatnot. How
would you handle it? Should I have a little ice breaker? Should I simply
tell them a little about myself and how excited I am about the upcoming art
projects? Should I ask them to introduce themselves?

Also, I have two very large bulletin boards. Any suggestions? I figure I
should leave one pretty empty...maybe just put paper on it and a banner
explaining that it will be for student work? Right now I'm kind of blank as to how I
should decorate my room. I think someone had the great idea of hanging an
artist over each table, and I think I'm going to try to do that. Any creative
stuff would be great! I feel kind of lost right now because I'm so overwhelmed!

I think I'm going to have the kids create their own portfolios and a
sketchbook. Then I might give them a sketchbook assignment, probably very open ended
so that they can choose their own style or materials. I'll collect it once a
week and just check off that they did something. I'm planning on having
deadlines, and if students don't reach them, they will have maybe an extra week to
finish the project at home? I have some cool journal entry questions that I
might get them to think about and just jot down ideas into their sketchbooks.
Um, and I'm trying to come up with a supply list to send home with them:
Maybe large shirts for the little kids and a shirt or apron for the older kids,
baby wipes, pencils, maybe a small set of coloring pencils, eraser,
sharpener...not really sure...

As you can see I have a lot to figure out by Monday!

Any last minute advice?


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