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Hanging Paper Flowers (Classroom Management)


Like almost every art teacher around the world, I organize my class by tables that are assigned a color. This simplifies classroom management and supports flexible grouping. For example, 3rd and 4th graders are learning about complimentary colors. After clean up, I invite “the table who’s complimentary color is yellow may line up” Even if the people at the purple table are oblivious, their classmates are quick to say “That’s you guys! Line up purple!”

At the start of the school year, I purchased ‘bins’ that correspond with the table colors. I was able to find every color except for orange — so instead I got pink to the delight and dismay of many orange table residents. The bins are great because I can shove all the art supplies they will need in there and it makes clean up quite easy.

So how do the kids know what color their table is? Well, up until yesterday, each table had a rectangle of color taped on the end.

If you think this looks gross you are absolutely right. I have taped and retaped these blasted things down about a million times and apparently picking at the tape is waaaaay more interesting than doing art for some people. The ractangles got pretty nasty so taking some inspiration from this website: I created my own hanging tissue paper flowers. (Tutorial here:

They came out so cool! They really brighten up the room and add a pop of color to an otherwise very neutral ceiling.

Do you see the SUPER full drying rack? There has been tons of production going on the art room. Everything from clay to printing to painting. WHEW what an exciting week!

^ Super full drying rack ^

^ Color Families Cheat Sheets ^

^ Color Wheel Flower (Made out of paint chips!) ^

The adaptive art teacher kindly donated several posters and decorations to me. Included were about 100 art related quotes. I thought this one would go great with The Thinker:

After all, isn’t that the whole point of schooling and education? To teach students to be great thinkers? I often reflect on the fact that the skills students learn in my classroom and in all classrooms are preparing them for a future that I can’t even imagine. The type of future with solar powered flying cars and robots that will hopefully not take over the world. In doing so, it is important for me to show students how to think creatively and be innovative (skills they will need to survive the impending robot apocalypse). The county in which I work has adopted a new way of classifying the type of learning that is happening. The old way was Bloom’s Taxonomy which was GREAT because “create” was at the top and that is what we do in the art room every single day.

Now there is something called Depth of Knowledge or DOK. I am currently collecting evidence of DOK in my classroom and will display it to show evidence of higher-level-thinking that happens organically in the art room each and every day. More to come on that topic 😉

Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

2 thoughts on “Hanging Paper Flowers (Classroom Management)

  1. LOVE the hanging flowers! Any issue with the fire marshal though?
    In the beginning of the year I had these gorgeous color-coded decorations that I wanted to hang.. but never did cause I was afraid I’d get in trouble for them. I really need to get clarification about all that. haha

    Also.. I’m pretty sure I have the exact same table caddies! 🙂

  2. I love the table caddies! I call them The Bins and I have made a promise to myself to bring them home over winter break to put them through the dishwasher. I don’t know about you but mine are becoming quite nasty. As for the fire marshal, my school’s policy is that we can hang things as long as they are 18 inches below the ceiling. I measured out all the strings just to be sure!

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