I worked from a cart for a year, the first year I taught art in a public
school. It's not easy, but can be done with a lot of organization.
First off, don't depend on overheads unless you bring your own. I found the
teachers always had stuff written on theirs and it was a MAJOR hassle to move
it. Since most of our chalk boards are magnetic, I put magnets on the back of
my prints and used big clips to attach them to my cart. If that is not an
option, use a table easel or masking tape to attach prints on the board or
wall. I also brought large paper to draw on in case there was no board
space. You could use a small wipe off board. I brought everything with me.
A small tape recorder, tapes, stickers for rewards, extra coloring sheets and
games for when kids finish up, pencils, glue, etc. Each grade level had a
tote t ray on the card and I would put the days supplies in each. Since
their were no s inks in the classrooms, when we painted, I brought one bucket
of clean water and one empty for the dirty.
I had a sperate, smaller cart for when we did clay. I used a lot of
newsaper to cover desks, and I found wallpaper sample pages great to do clay
As far as discipline, I work with the school rules and what each grade level
had established. Since I only saw them once every two weeks, it was a system
the kids already knew. OF course, I did have my own immediate rewards such
as stickers and prizes.
I had t he kids help me push my cart and drying rack from one grade level to
the next. Do insist on having time between classes. My first three classes in
the morning were back to back and the teachers were always complaining about
me being late, but the teacher before would complain if I left early.
Work with the classroom teacher, but let them know that you are in charge
while you are there. It undermines your control if the classroom teacher is
always stepping in without you asking.
Good luck. Hopefully, you'll really WOW whoever you get and they'll scramble
to get you a room the next year. JH