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Loved Art on a Cart in Yonkers


Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 09:14:17 PDT

I taught art on a cart for three years in Yonkers NY- (If you can teach in
Yonkers NY, you can teach anywhere)
Anyway the art periods were 30 mins each, the classroom teachers would get
angry if you left glue, paint, pastels, clay, god forbit glitter on their
floors or desks.
There was no budget, the district handed you glue, cheap scissors,
construction paper, drawing paper, box of penicls, drawing paper, reusable
non hardeing clay, and oh yeah a box of yarn!
My solution:
Read the students a 10 min story, fiction or non-could be based on classroom
studies and then give the kids a 15 mins drawing lesson based on the reading
with pencils like they do on television or videos and thats it, the
principals love it because its literature based. and on holidays the kids
used the glue and construction paper to make cards. Also literacy based.
I always said that if they gave me a room, I'd only have to clean it!
Going from room to room you really get to learn more about the kids and the
teachers and what they are learning, walking around the school you see
everyone and everything, it was nice to be able to get around. I loved art
on a cart, and I never worked easier.
Today I am in a "real" district with a room, budget etc. I now teach art on
a different level and I work a lot harder, through the network computer
system I am in touch with the rest of the school & district. Our school
newspaper won second place in a national contest for school newspapers! I
started "Kar-Tunz" a comic section for the newspaper this year that helped
but us over the top!
Don't phsych your self out over art on a cart! Just remember, keep the
lessons simple and their are millions of art lessons that are simple and meet
the standards, Always try to tie in literacy and the principals will love
you! Art on a cart is anexcellent way to gain valuable experiece because you
are mobile and see first hand the goings on in a school!
Good Luck
RB Surf