Water cups with lids OR yogurt cups. In my classroom without a sink I have
cups with lids - at the end of class the students put the lids on the cups
and put the cups at the end of the tables. I go to each table and put the
water cups in a large plastic tub. In my other room I put yogurt cups filled
1/2 way with water. At the end of class I put the cups into a bucket - dirty
water and all. I take care of all clean up with younger students, and as
they get older I start giving them the responsibility of cleaning up. I do
not allow my primary students out of their chairs unless it is completely
controled by me, and even then it is rarely. They can help quite abit just
by putting supplies in order - all portfolios in one pile, sharpies in
another. While I am grabbing supplies to put away I am engaging them by
reviewing concepts with them. I only have them for 20 minutes and have found
I can distribute and collect all supplies in 5 min., leaving 15 min. for
work time. I have tried having students help clean up and I find I lose too
much work time. By the time the students are in 6th grade they are in total
control of clean up.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
>I teach k-8 art in a jammed classroom with a giant paper cutter and no
> I have water in 2 igloo containers and the dirty water goes into a
> five gallon bucket.
> I can't figure out how I would do most of this.
> The creative thinking is attainable but having that many K-3 doing their
> own thing is terrifiying with only one art period of 40 min per week.
> I do have 8 tables but sometimes I have 31 kids.
> I can't imagine the clean up at the end of the day.
> Kids only do so much and time is a huge factor.
> Older kids would be easier but the grades will drop at first.