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art room rules


From: Broadwater, Katherine (KBroadwater_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 06:08:02 PDT

I think it can all be reduced to one simple rule.
Respect others, yourself, materials & environment
When I first started teaching art there were three school rules that everybody (K-6) followed:
1)hands to yourself
2)voices low
Best wishes,
Kay Broadwater

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        Sent: Wed 7/7/2004 6:02 AM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: new teacher, quotes, need art room rules

             Couple of things. First, to the new teacher:
        You got some advice to use the same lessons, modified
        somewhat, for several grade levels. My perspecitive
        on this is that it is more useful to make those
        modifications in an orderly, age and developmentally
        appropriate way. Try to set up new learning levels
        for each new lesson as you move through the grades.
        Using the same lesson, slightly modified (if only for
        the sake of modifying and making it more challenging)
        is okay, but if you take it from the standpoint of
        developing a good curriculum as you go along, then you
        will be on more solid ground.
             As an experienced art teacher I am having to cut
        way back on what I do this year. My board of ed seems
        to havew the priority of neatness for the art room.
        My principal shares this concern (and to a point they
        are right). I will be tailoring what materials are
        available for students to use and making them VERY
        responsible for their care and upkeep. Seems many
        don't know how to put things away and I've been a good
        ol' mom about it. Cannot do it anymore. If they
        cannot take care of materials they will not have them
        to use. I hate to make this across the board in any
        class as each child is at their own level of
        capability. HOWEVER......I've had it with the
        neatness issues. I need to help myself here.
        Neatness will be my focus this year. Organizational
        skills are poor (mine) with physical things, but good
        with abstract organization. Plus, as the ADD "poster
        child" for this neatness problem, I do have to stop
        and take a moment to try to develop a system. Ouch.
             Website development: the techies like to keep
        control where I am. That simple. control. Good
        people, not always on target. Good control. They
        get to share the blame if something goes wrong which
        is not so bad either.
             My need: does anyone have good art room rules?
        I've always let the kids work them out with me but I
        need a good, general chart to start the year with and
        follow through with.
             Thanks, so much,
                  Merrilee, in CT
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