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RE: art room rules


From: marcia lavery (marciadotcom_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 10:16:04 PDT

We have the "Big 3" which are schoolwide rules that basically cover everything. "Be respectful, Be responsible, Be on time & ready." On the first day of school we discuss these rules and I ask the students, "What would be an example of something that is NOT respectful in an art room?" and so forth. This way, the students also know specifically what not to do (like leave messes or run in the art room). We even talk about what kind of language is disrespectful and give examples (like "shut up"). I try to cover all bases with this and the 3 rules cover everything.
For clean-up, I may have posted this before, but it is the BEST thing I've ever done. It took about 2 hours to prepare, but has saved me so much hassle with cleanup. I made a color coded job chart. Four large squares: red, orange, yellow, blue. Each table seats four people (occasionally five, but then that leftover person is just my "special helper" for whatever random task I have). Then, I made little tags with job on each tab (large print and a little picture). Jobs such as: clean paintbrushes, refill water cup, throw away garbage, wipe table, etc.. The tags have velcro on them, as does the job chart. On the table, I painted one color at each seat. I put the task for each seat on the job chart every day. At the beginning of the class period, I will say, "All the orange people today will wash the brushes.. and so forth." That way, each child is responsible for one job at their table and it is an easy reference and everything gets done. I don't let the child leave the room
 until their job is done. I haven't had much problem with cleanup since I started this job chart thing. Good luck! Marcia

"Freeland, Sue" <> wrote:
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-----
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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