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From: Martha Ulakovits (MSQU_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 03:44:41 PST

Room furniture,
  I have to disagree about stools over chairs for k-5. It is difficult to
find a chair that a kindergartener can sit on comfortably and a 5th grade
can also get into. I go with medium size chairs. My students fall out of
their chairs all the time. I would not risk stools. I had one student pass
out after his head hit the floor. Talk about your heart stopping!! He was ok
but gave me a scare.
  After chairs and long tables that can be easily moved, I would order a
drying rack that accommodates 9x12 as well as larger paper. It needs be able
to contain at least four classes worth of papers. Next I would order drawers
for storing work. You are fortunate f the room came with these built in
but most don't. The drawers need to be wide and long but shallow. Sometimes
you can order them through the media specialist catalogue. They use them for
storing the old film canisters. After that, I would order a kiln (with a
ventilator)and a wall mounted extruder for clay.Make sure the kiln is
stackable. Not all are. The one that was purchased for my room, before I
came, has stackable units but the control panel is one unit. This kiln is so
deep that I, at 5'2", have to stand on a stool and lean over the edge to
stack!! You can image the back strain and the danger of breakage. My other
choice is to use a false bottom and stack only the top portion. What a
waste of space. Also a digital control is much better than the non digital.
If you have room and the budget, my next purchase would be a small press.
Don't forget a supply cabinet that locks and a supply/demo table. If there
is not a lot of counter space, you could buy a counter/storage unit on
wheels. Of course you need bulletin boards, a white board and a chalk board.
It's really better if you can buy the chalk board that has a metal back so
you can also tack things up with magnets.
You didn't say whether you were also looking to equip the room with tools.
If you are, a Styrofoam cutter and a crimping tool are very handy to have.
They are inexpensive and can expand your choices many times over.
Martha Ulakovits