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Re: A Tidy and Well Organized Room

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JConley957
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 06:09:16 -0500 (EST)

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Jean,

An organized and tidy Art Room? Isn't that an oxymoron? Seriously though,
some of the things I've tried are..

1. "In" baskets for student work. I have several large boxes, each labeled
with the class period for kids to put their "to be graded" work into. I also
have the students put their class period next to their name or on the back of
their work.

2. A filing system for handouts. (It's nice if you have a file cabnet and a
student aide to keep it in order for you.)

3. Student aides each period to check out & check in supplies like exacto
knives, sissors, etc... (make them responsible for the organization and
inventory of supplies)

4. Enough cabnets to seperate 3-D from 2-D supplies. (clay, yarn, etc. from
paper, colored pencils, etc.)

5. Locking cabnets for things like airbrushes, spray paint.

I'm sure there's a way, but I haven't found it yet. I always thought that
part of the "charm" of an art room was the disorganization. Unfortunately,
most administrators are of the "stay within the lines" mentality.
Fortunately, my immediate evaluator (assistant principal) is more
disorganized than me.

Remind them that the basic law of universal order is that things will
always move from order to disorder.

Good Luck!

Hasta...Jay Conley
Brighton High School
Brighton, Colorado


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