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RE: large class--tips?

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From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 08 2004 - 04:50:08 PDT


Marcia, ask your dean to come and assist.

Jan

 

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From: marcia [mailto:marciadotcom@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 9:43 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: large class--tips?

 

Thanks for your response. In my other classes, I give them a lot of
freedom to get up and get the supplies they want, etc.. but with this
big class, it was just too chaotic. I like the idea of having
everything laid out at their table that they will need. I already do the
"table folder" thing which is the best idea ever! I should have always
been doing that! I use mag. pages too for paint which saves on clean up
time. I think I might try the 2 activities going on at once thing when
I start clay. In the past, I've had smaller 8th grade classes, so we
made more elaborate clay projects (but the kids needed more individual
help), so I guess I will try something a little simpler with this class.
Any other suggestions are appreciated. Wow.. you really do have huge
classes with 44 kids! That's nuts! The problem is with the way the
schedule is set up. Most of the teachers have their plan period then and
there is only a ! limited number of classes the kids can go to. All the
other classes this period are maxed out too! The dean called me into
her office to apologize and said, "If there is anything I can do to help
you, let me know." And I said, "Well, I could use a few more chairs!"
Lol.

Heather Leal <rayleal@earthlink.net> wrote:

        Hi Marcia-
        I have had plenty of large classes- my largest this year was
just
        reduced from 44 to 37 today - Yeah! Still too big, but better.
When
        they are 8th graders it is different too- they take up much more
space
        than 6th graders. Our counselors don't seem to get that.
        
        Anyway, I have found it helps to have things strategically
placed
        around the room. I used to put scissors in one rack in one
place, but
        have found it is better to put the required number on each table
and
        leave them there to count at the end of class. One rack was easy
to
        check that they were all there, but with too many kids moving-
it is
        worth it to check supplies at the tables. I do the same with
sets of
        pastels or whatever we are using.
        I used to have each kid clean their own brush and palette and
put them
        away- now I have a set of cups with paint in t! hem on each
table and we
        use magazine pages for palettes and one student cleans all the
brushes
        for the table.
        We have individual portfolios, and a bigger folder for each
table. All
        the kids portfolios go in the table folder. Then I only have 7
table
        folders to get out for each class. Paintings are still tough- I
take
        the dry ones off the rack, separate them by period, put them
with the
        table folders, but then we still need to have kids pass them out
at the
        start of class. I don't paint as much as I used to when classes
were
        smaller. I also sometimes find I need 2 things going on- Groups
will
        take turns working on something that is messy or requires lots
of
        activity while others are working on something quiet and still -
        Good luck!
        Heather
        
        On Sep 7, 2004, at 5:05 PM, marcia wrote:
        
> Hey all! Hope you're having a great year so far!
>
> I have my largest class so far.. there are 30 bodies in my
room
        
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