your students are successful. Clearly define your expectations.
· Display, display, display. Turn your school walls into an art gallery. Take the time to mount and label. I
am at a point where my students grades 2-5 mount student art work and my Art Helpers hang the work.
used in 6 years. Buried and lost art supplies cost you time and money.
· Recess, P.E., dismissal - These are the times for yelling, running and jumping around. These behaviors
are not appropriate for an art room. How can you paint when someone is yelling in your ear? Yes, there
is a lot of creative energy, but that needs to be channeled through the brain and hands, not the mouth.
· Monitor behaviors so you can stop problems before they start. Avoid sitting with one little group of
students. Your job is to facilitate and assist all your students equally. Doing this will alleviate many negative
behaviors.· On the other hand, work with small groups for really messy, one on one processes (printmaking,
dyeing, etc). Have a relevant project ready for those not in the small group, but make sure you have your
eyes on all kids.
one student. Unless you have to.
· Allow plenty of time for clean-up. I am not their mommy, I do not clean up after my students. Assign jobs,
kids LOVE to help, and monitor, monitor, monitor.
is a tool, just like the hammer and chisel. It will never give you ideas or experiences. But it is a great tool
that our kids have already mastered. I do not believe technology will replace the paintbrush, piano or lump
of clay. Ever. Humans need to create or Pinterest would have died out by now. iPads, digital cameras
and laptops have revolutionized my program. Creating digital art, online digital portfolios, QR codes for
research, it's all good. I love using my laptop, document camera and projector to introduce and demo
projects, but honestly, there are times getting my hands dirty with the kids is far more engaging. Technology
integration needs to flow seamlessly, not be forced.
works for you…get the kids talking about their art and their classmate’s art. Teach them how to comment
responsibly with manners. Teach them how to delve deeper with follow-up questions. Allow them to take
ownership for their own learning.