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Re: [teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: August 28, 2010


From: Diane Gregory (gregory.diane55_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 29 2010 - 08:48:49 PDT

 Great suggestions Tara!

Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed teaching using the cart. It wasn't that
way at first
until I got really organized like Tara suggested. And, when I started involving
the students
in pushing, unloading and reloading the cart they loved it and then I realized I
needed to
involve students in this cart business as much as possible. Tara is so right!

After two or three years, the PTA finished an art room for me. I loved my new
art room and the
fact that they worked so hard for the art program to build a new room. However,
I missed seeing
what was going on in their classrooms. I lost touch with what was going on with
the rest of the

Good luck.


P.S. Learn how to properly lift and carry boxes, etc. so your back does not
give out on you. I had to literally go to "Back School." They video taped me
lifting and carrying and I failed miserably at that test. They had to teach me
how to properly lift, carry and haul stuff around. Learning this helped me

----- Original Message ----
> From: tara franzese <>
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Sent: Sun, August 29, 2010 10:21:40 AM
> Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: August 28, 2010
> 1. Art on a cart
> Jeane,
> I taught art on a cart last year for grades k-5. I used the large
> staples boxes that the printer paper comes in to store students
> artwork in each classroom instead of having to worry about carrying
> their artwork with me. You can get the boxes for free at staples,
> they go through tons of them there. I had an enclosed top to my cart
> with a door where I would keep containers of markers, colored pencils,
> divided into 5 containers (one for each group). I had also posted
> class helpers in their classrooms so when I got there I just told the
> helpers to come up to the cart and get the supplies they needed for
> that table. Any large objects like paint, water containers (with
> lids) brushes, etc. I put on the bottom of the cart. Just make sure
> you have everything organized by group before you go in, it'll make
> things easier. As far as 80 minutes go, that's a long time, but make
> sure you lesson includes an introduction and/or review with some Q &
> A's or at least a hook to get the kids into it, a demonstration of
> what their doing, and some type of closure at the end to review what
> was learned for the day. Between all those facets, setup. cleanup, and
> work time 80 minutes will fly by. If they have a hard time staying
> focused make sure you have a clear list of things they need to have
> accomplished for the period, so you don;t get students saying their
> done when they're really not. 6th grade is a great grade, they have
> so much potential, really challenge them, and you'll be amazed at what
> they can accomplish.
> Best of luck and enjoy it, teaching from a cart really isn't that bad,
> once you get started you'll find your groove.
> -Tara
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