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Re: [teacherartexchange] TAB Choice Excitement! Off to a GREAT Start


From: Eileen Ellis (iforget000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Sep 02 2006 - 13:52:47 PDT

To Michal:

You have two rooms! You are very lucky.
I have one room.

I see 427 kids in one week over three days
I don't get paid for Wednesdays and Fridays so I try
staying away. Just ask my grown kids how well
I did with that over the years>:-)

I have the equivalent of 35 minutes or less with
each grade 18 homerooms once a week and
each grade is doing something different.

TAB would work if I had more time but I don't so we are doing sketchbooks
this year for grades 5-8. Three minute sketches as a warm up.

This also gives me a little time between classes to get my head ready.
Thursdays I have 2 kindergarten classes back to back 28 kids each,
Then 20 minutes free and then two 2nd grades, lunch , one 7th grade
and then two 6th grades. My kids all help with the clean up or I would
never get home.

I like the cup ideas but would not like to clean up/out 50 to 60 cups
before I go home.


On 9/1/06, M. Austin <> wrote:
> 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.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> >I teach k-8 art in a jammed classroom with a giant paper cutter and no
> >sink.
> > 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.
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