I survived! I started with 3 kindergarten classes. Not the best idea but I got through it. I figured it was downhill from there and I was right! We have a large kindergarten this year. Last year we had 24 in all. This year we have 57! Enrollment is up (50 new ones) in our little school, but with less teachers class size is up too.
By the time I taught the 3rd kindergarten, it went much better. I spent a little time talking about the rules, but then we started right in because I didn't want to loose them. We started with a line drawing exercise with crayons. By the 2nd class, I changed that to markers. (Much easier to see. ) We'll work on pressing harder later.
Note to self: Don't start with Kindergarten. They need a few days to get settled in school.
My 4th and 6th grade class put together sketchbooks and we talked about rules, rewards and report cards.
I spent a lot of time rearranging and reorganizing the room. I also read may blogs for ideas and classroom management tips. THANKS to everyone I have borrowed from, in case I forget to mention it. It was left in great shape when Phyl retired, but everyone needs to arrange it to make sense for their teaching style. So here's what the main bulletin board looks like looks like:
|My theme this year is "Spread Your Art Wings"|
|Our school's character traits with an art twist.|
|My job chart is changeable. I can assign either by seat number or table color. |
I have the jobs pinned so I can move them.
|The PRINCIPLES posters. I put them low so students can read the examples.|
The picture frames will hold the picture or art work of the "Student of the Month"
I will award one for K-3 and another for 4-6.
|I put my own twist on this idea.|
|A 'younger" version of myself!|
|The ELEMENTS posters|
|The 6th grade zone explains how they will be graded.|
I will use the same for other grades, but the letter assigned changes.
|A copy of the Passport the 6th grade will work on.|
My intention is to have them record their reflections on
their artwork and print /paste a picture next to it.
Later in the year I will have them do an online portfolio
|Not sure I will need the blue boxes, but I'm not ready to get rid of them.|
The small colorful boxes are for passing out materials to tables.
Some are also labeled by class so they can put their sketchbooks there.
|Lots of cabinets to dry and store artwork.|
My whiteboard will remind them of the lesson steps.
|This month is Piet Mondrian.|
|Clean up sinks. There is also a slop sink by the 6th grade zone.|
|Phyl's wonderful painted color wheel. |
I have color coded table boxes there with supplies.
I couldn't find a yellow one to match the others this year
so I have an extra red one.
|I brought the metal cabinets from my old room. |
The large one stores most of my paint bottles.
The yellow one on the left is full of supply bins.
|I will post the essential questions for each grade.|
They are color coded to match their sketchbook boxes.
|The inside of my storage closet.|
|More shelves of materials. |
I will label things so I don't forget where they are.
|In the back are shelves for large works in progress.|
Phyl also left me samples on the top. :)
|Shelf on the left is for when they are done their assignment.|
The large desk stores reference materials & art samples.
Next to the storage door is my teacher cabinets and my desk.
I'm still working to reduce the clutter.
|We have 3 large windows looking south over a roof. |
The air conditioner is needed because it gets a lot of reflective sun,
and I'm at that age...
|Looking from the door.|
The rollable blue table contains large paint, plaster and clay...
I am making some fabric covers so it will look neater.
|I have a sign out to leave the classroom and another to come for crEATe.|
Create is for those who want to come at lunch to EAT and CREATE.
This year not all my 4-6 classes can come at lunch, so I
call it ReCREATE if they come at recess.
|A view from my corner of the room.|