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Lesson Plans

monitoring art tools/supplies

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BSS (rekcets)
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 21:34:16 -0800

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This year I started a program of providing art supply boxes for each
student. In this box they have pastels, watercolors, watercolor
crayons, oil pastels, pencils, ruler, scissors, brushes, erasers, etc.
Each student is responsible for their own supplies. Their parents pay a
fee at the begining of the year to provide these supplies. I can not
believe how carefully they clean their brushes when they know it's their
own! This has been very successful. I use it for 3-7th graders. This
system works for me. I teach art at a private school, grades K-7. I
have taught in public schools and I know it would not be possible to
collect $25.00 from each student.
When I taught pottery in a public school I had a huge peg board on the
wall with back outlines for each tool. Students learned that no one
leaves until all the tools are replaced. They moved when the bell rang!
Perhaps the person that said they were unable to keep students after the
bell rang could negotiate with the principal for a 1 week grace period
(at the beginning of each new term) to initiate the art students in tool
and supply management. Good luck!
Anne Stecker
Abiqua School
Salem, OR

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