I teach art K-3, and this is what I do for supplies. I have students
sitting at 5 tables, so I have my supplies like pencils, crayons, etc. in 5
containers--I put them in plastic containers that are donated by parents--I
always ask for lots of that kind of stuff in my intitial parent letter. I
have sets of pencils, scissors, crayons, thin markers, and medium sized
markers organized in this way. For passing out materials--I used to have
charts with student helpers, etc.--and finally decided that was too much
work for me. Now what I do is consider each table to be a team--they are
responsible for getting their supplies, and cleaning up their tables. I
will tell them what materials are needed for the project for the day (and
have them out on the counter)--then they need to decide who at their table
will be getting what supplies.(For example: "you will need pencils,
scissors, and crayons today. Talk to each other and decide who will get
which supplies.") For supplies like watercolors, etc., I have charts showing
what things they need--"every student needs one watercolor box, every
student needs one brush, each table needs three water containers."......
THEY have to be responsible--for doing it in a fair way. Yes, some tables
have more trouble than others cooperating in this way--but it is good for
them to learn, and it makes things easier for me. It really works well. Our
whole school's basic discipline policy is based on teaching kids to make
responsible decisions and learning to problem solve. (Restitution and
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Sent: Friday, June 10, 2005 3:19 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] GETTING ORGANIZED
> Being a 2nd year teacher there are still alot of things I
> need to learn. This being said I was wondering if anyone had
> any helpful hints for keeping their artrooms organized. Since
> September I have had piles of "things to do" well they are
> still here. Also supplies how do you keep them? Ex pencils,
> glue, scissors? Do you have helpers who handout materials? I
> am trying to begin thinking of all of these things for next
> year.I want to have a room that the kids know where things
> belong and I can have them be more responsible for the
> cleanup. Any help would be oh so fabulous!!! Also if anyone
> would be willing to share pictures of what there room set up
> looks like I would appreciate it.
> While I have you "eye" I was wondering about discipline. I
> have had a bunch of chatty cathys all year, as well as some
> non- compliant students. I have noticed depending on the
> classroom teacher a difference in the kids. Do you go by the
> classroom teachers discipline or set up your own. Does it say
> something about your teaching if they are talking and not
> working? Is it ok for them to talk in art? I want them to
> enjoy coming and release themselves.
> Now the last thing I swear (well for now anyway) Lesson
> planning, do you do units or a new lesson everyweek? I have
> been doing lesson that will take more than one art time but
> it is still one lesson. Is unit plannning a better option? I
> think it would be better for the kids. Now I am thinking unit
> planning would be best for 3-6 because some of my little ones
> attention can't even be held for the whole art time.
> Thank you so much. I am sure I will think of more.
> Have a good day.
> Only 2 more weeks to go.
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