Year 2 of teaching is about to begin and I am going to hit the ground running. After a summer of travelling and other fun shenanigans, I am ready to get back to the art room and welcome my artists back for another great year. My classroom is looking good with a few changes and tweaks to make things run smoother and more efficiently. Let’s have a tour, shall we?
Here is my wonderful teacher desk featuring a poster of outer space and some clay face jugs. Behind is the cupboard covered with Letters to Ms. K. which I just couldn’t bear to take down from last year. If I get more this year I will just have to find a new spot. I have new rules this year which are written in HUGE BOLD LETTERS so they will hopefully be followed or at least paid attention to this year. I thought that having 3 simple and condensed rules might make things easier (we shall see how that pans out. . .) What are the rules in your classroom? Have you had the same rules for a long time?
Next is the whiteboard. The owl points to a colored piece of paper that represents the table who is responsible for helping with materials and any other jobs. The color wheels are handy for reference and the giant blue crayon will be used as a magic wand, pointer, and/or miscellaneous prop — pretty much anything except the intended purpose which is a coin bank.
Here is the reading corner. The bookshelf was kindly donated by the media center specialist and I can’t even begin to tell you how many kids have gone up to it to check if the pencils are “real.” The million books include not only art books but books about other subjects too like weather and dinosaurs and firetrucks and countries. I think its important to have a variety of books that can be used for reference as well as support reading habits and inspire artists. The black board has the standards and when kids come back it will also display the essential questions and samples of projects.
Here are my TWO (yes TWO) bathrooms. One for students and one for teachers!
Next is the paper cutter and construction paper unit. I spend a lot of time here prepping. New this year is the Artwork Checklist. I was inspired by this blog to create it. I wanted to have a visual that students can use to measure themselves and do a little self-assessment.
Also new this year is the Class Behavior Chart. If the class as a whole has good behavior they will get a sticker on the chart. After 10 stickers they will get a prize. I haven’t quite worked out what the prize is yet. I have heard ideas for this sort of thing that range from free-seating day to barefoot day. I want to do something that will be free and will not take away from the curriculum or interfere with learning. Any ideas?
The gallery and some storage. . .
“Recovery” Desk, drying rack, cart of random stuff, storage, Art Tips:
The Art Tips say: Draw Big, A Dot is a Lot A Blob is a Slob, Take Your Time, Draw Lightly, Listen and Look, Be Original, and Color in the Same Direction. Is there anything else I should add?
This is the Lines, Shapes, and Colors Wall with lots of handy references that kids use all the time. I made the flower with paint chips from the local home improvement store!
The Word Wall (which needs to be updated):
View from my desk:
View from the door:
Did you happen to notice my AMAZING ROUND TABLES?? I am so thrilled to have them! And all of the colorful flowers are back up on the ceiling making the room so friendly and bright.
Just outside my room are my bulletin boards. This year I wanted to be a little punny and playful so (inspired from Pinterest) I went with:
The other board is about S.T.E.M. which is the big buzzword this year and something I conveniently already incorporate into my classroom. I printed out pictures of students working and some examples of projects to show evidence of science, technology, engineering, and math in my classroom. As the year progresses I will add more. How do you incorporate S.T.E.M. in your classroom?
I am so excited for my second year of teaching. There are lots of great things happening so check back for some awesome amazing Art with Ms. K!