Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
During the first week of school I like to greet each of my 36 classes outside my classroom door with these laminated pieces of construction paper. The students each get a piece of paper and match it to a coordinating sheet on the tables in my room. This is totally random and the kids love it!
Friday, August 17, 2012
I have lots of cabinets, and they're all JAMMED full! I also have my handy-dandy shrink wrap machine for Art Shows. I love that thing!
The front of my room, and my ActivBoard. I use the Activ Board a lot with my document camera to demo projects.
My supply table. The kids have access to anything on this table (usually it is a gigantic mess, but I don't mind!)
This is my shelving system to keep track of artwork by class. I have 40 classes that I see weekly, and each class has a shelf to house artwork that needs to stay here.
I am so IN LOVE with my new Erin Condren lesson plan book! I love that I could upload a picture to look at all year (it's my son) on the cover! Also, my iPad is loaded with inspirational music to work to this year!
This is my free-time station. I have tons of drawing books, free paper, tangrams, tessellation puzzles, etc. The kids love the drawing books when there is extra time! Above is my weekly schedule. The blank spaces are just because our laminator broke and I wasn't able to laminate the new teachers' cards!
The view from the door. We're ready to go on Monday! Make it a wonderful year!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This time of year I always have these grandiose plans of inspiring projects flying out of my classroom and non-frustrated, happy-go-lucky children frolicking about the Art room happy with their creations.
In reality, we know that some of our students just...can't. Or maybe just...won't is a better choice of words. When I'm dreaming up new lesson plans (especially at this time of the year) I like to refer to this chart about the developmental stages of drawing. Let's be honest, sometimes we just expect too much from these little guys! I also like to use it to see if there is a student that is ahead or behind the norm...and what I can focus on to get them caught up. I've also blogged about my adventures with my little guy this summer and his artistic endeavors over at PreK and K Sharing, so hop on over and check it out!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I've pretty much been off the "grid" all summer, but I just wanted to blog a GREAT BIG "welcome back" to all of the blogosphere and wish you a wonderful first few weeks back! I'll be back to posting regularly shortly!
I'm knee-deep in supply orders and organizing and planning and meetings and gossip and purging and daydreaming and prepping that I won't even go into how my classroom is infested with carpenter ants and larvae under every.SINGLE.box. So disgusting! (And do you think my classroom is on the "priority list" right now? Heh, no!
I'm slowly but surely working through all this, but for now I'm getting stocked, stacked, and ready to go! What is your favorite part of planning week? Mine is opening up new boxes of crayons...brings back SO many wonderful memories of childhood!