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Re: A Tidy and Well Organized Room

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.us)
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 18:23:24 -0800 (PST)

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I discovered by accident that one way to get the kids enthused
about cleanup is to have them mop the tables (with the big old
floor mop). It's amazing how efficient it is, especially with
clay messes and paint and the kids love it since it is so
unorthodox--they will usually fight over who gets to mop the
tables. I'm probably not the one to be making any recommendations
about organization--but my personal system is that the kids have
folders made of cardboard (about 24x30")and we have cubby holes
in the back with doors that they can use for 3-d stuff. Their
2-d work I put in giant paper folders made from those 36" paper
roll paper--one for each hour. AT the end of the period they
put their work in them--when they're done I take them home and
grade in them--then return to them and they keep in their big
cardboard folders. I made a bunch of "S" shaped hooks out of
stiff wire and put them around the metal parts of our hung,
acoustical tile ceiling. They work great for hanging anything
that needs to dry--ie paper mache. I got a giant drying rack which
was really expensive but I use it all the time. For clay work I
have shelves all over one side of the room--some are very hoaky--
boards held up by cartons of tempera paint--they've been there for
10 years--the paint is probably petrified. I'd definitely recommend
having only the supplies out for the current project--otherwise
it's too hard to keep track of everything. If you don't have
cupboards, just putting stuff in cardboard boxes under the tables
helps.I absolutely hate policing cleanup and since I teach the
same class 6 times a day I let the mess build up during the
project and then have everyone clean up a part as we are nearing
the end--eg.I don't get all frantic that the sink is full of dirty
paint trays, but on the last day of the project I make each kid
bring me an absolutely clean brush and tray. It's a dirty room but
it works out ok in the end and I'm not nuts the whole time. What a
luxury it would be to have an aide who would handle that!! Any
desirable tools, like x-acto knives, need to be in a wood box with
holes drilled and filled up. Then you can check at the end of class
to see that all holes are full of knives, brushes etc. What it comes
down to is that my principle believes that an art room should be
messy--I think I'm very lucky--I know some who expect it to look
cute(like a little museum showplace)all the time. Sid

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