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Lesson Plans

Re: Sharing the Art Room

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Julie Brady (jbrady)
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 16:03:50 -0500 (EST)

I teach grades 1-5 at one school (where I have a wonderful art room) and
then travel two out every six afternoons to another school to teach grades
3 and 4 (what a crazy load!) At my second school, there are three art
teachers, including me, that come from other schools to cover the absence
of a full time art teacher that was laid off because of budget cuts (thats
a whole other issue). At the begining of the year, the three of us had an
art room that we shared. We spent many hours organizing it so that it
would work for the three of us - it was great. Three weeks into the school
year we were told that our art room was also going to be used as a
kindergarten room in the morning. The majority of our supply shelves went
out into the hall, our displays were dismantled, and about 95% of the room
was taken over by the kindergarten. We now teach in a crowded kindergarten
room filled with toys, bookshelves, etc., short tables and chairs, no
chalkboard space (filled with posters), almost impossible to work in. The
room has carpet and one little sink that is usually filled or surrounded by
electronic equipment (this is where she has her books on tape station). I
have approximately 10 minutes by the time I get there to set up. There are
always things left on the tables and a ton of rearranging I have to do to
get the room workable. It is very frustrating. In addition, our
curriculum states that we will do sculpture with all grade levels. I have
yet to figure out a way to do any sort of 3D project at this school - no
drying space, no storage. The only possible option is to find something we
can begin and finish in 50 min. (including set up and clean up) that they
can take home with them. All of this with five groups of six kids crammed
in at two small trapezoid tables pushed together. But I am creative, I can
deal with this, I can do it....