Beginning of the Year - Classroom organization
- Dear Art Educators,
Here is a beginning of year idea that Laurie Reber shared with me.
I had planned to start off the first day with
introductions, expectations, etc. Then, I was going to
have the students make I.D. cards for checking out art
supplies from me (supplies that I really need to keep
a close watch on - Xacto, copper tooling tools, etc).
The students design a 4 x 6 index card by drawing,
coloring on one side. Then they can use glitter glue,
sharpies, etc to write info like one would find on a
driver's license - name, address, height, eye color,
hair color. Then I have the tables numbered, so they
write the table number they are sitting at on their
card, then something interesting about themselves,
then their favorite band/singer/music, their favorite
On the reverse side, I get pertinent info
like parent/step-parent/guardian info, siblings, phone
numbers where parents (or other guardian) can be
reached (cell, work, etc.). Then their homework is to
bring in a small picture of themselves to be placed on
their ID cards the next class period. This is a great
way for me to remember who my 240 students per
semester are since I have a name to connect to the
face, and it really helps me to manage my supplies.
When a table needs to check out supplies for a
particular lesson, one student per table is
responsible for checking those supplies out. They need
to find their ID card (which are now placed in a file
box by class period),remove it from the file box, and
then placed in a tray on my desk. When clean-up time
comes, I know who from each table checked out what
supplies and can call them up to return supplies (they
are responsible for checking to see that all they
checked out is returned) so if anything is missing, I
know right away where the problem is.
I have also decided to do the Starry Night matrix for
back to school night.
You might want to make a template card and get them printed on colored
card stock. I had ID cards that I did with students the first day -
but we didn't turn them into an art project - and I didn't have such a
perfect use for them. My cards were boring - just info for me. I used
the have the template on IAD. I'll see if I can find it.
Hope this sparks some ideas.... I started on the Beginning of Year
ideas but didn't get very far:
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