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RE: art room rules


From: Freeland, Sue (freelas_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 08:21:12 PDT

I have begun to number everything...the watercolor trays, the paint brushes, the pastel boxes...everything I can.
Each student has a number in my rank book and they keep that number, everything they use is that number. If a brush gets left in the sink I just go back to the person who used it last...
A sub I had last year thought this was great, even he found it easy to use. My Brushes are in a holder all in order so the numbers are easy to find, the paint trays and pastels all have numbers on the ends as well as the tops so they are easy to find on the shelf. I do need to once in a while search out a tray that another person has "borrowed" I make them give it back and then locate theirs.
Palettes are easy to track now (as to who is not cleaning them)...
I have found that at the end of the year I have not gone through so much materials!
Hope this helps...
From another who strives to be organized and neat... I am really trying although sometimes it is quite the struggle...

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Broadwater, Katherine []
        Sent: Wed 7/7/2004 9:08 AM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: art room rules
        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

                -----Original Message-----
                From: MERRILEE GLADKOSKY []
                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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