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*One thing I do is I write the steps of the project out on a large piece of
paper to reinforce what I verbally say, and bring it with me from class to
class. This cuts down on the extra time it would take to re-write the same
stuff over and over on the board. In some classes the board is unavailable
or in an awkward place.
*At the beginning of the year each student prepares an Art Book which can be
used to draw in if they finish a project early.
*When you are on a cart and the students finish early some kids will pull out
other work to keep themselves busy - that's a plus!
*Don't assume the teacher will take care of your unfinished project. I
arrived once prepared to continue a project and the teacher smiled and told
me 'they finished them'. Boy was I unplesantly surprised! My co-art teacher
had an equally frustrating moment when she arrived to finish a project and
that teacher had sent it home thinking it was finished.
*for messy projects while the students work I take a bucket of water, a pile
of paper towels and a lunch tray,and I prepare a pile of wet crumpled towels
that can be passed out quickly for hand wiping. Even when a room has a sink
this method avoids the 'sink party' that tends to develop, and keeps the
bathroom cleaner which the custodians will appreciate.
I try to remember the positive parts of this job, and keep on pushing!
Laura Allan :)