sharing a room
- Please send tips on sharing an art classroom. I will
share two classrooms, a 2D room (no sink) and a
computer lab. I'm interested in negotiating space to
store student work,bookbags and personal items
(belonging to teacher). If you have suggestions for
orgainzing each room and/or preparing for the daily
transitions between classrooms (i.e, a type of bag or
roller cart that has worked for you, snacks to
energize, etc.) that would be appreciated too. Thanks
in advance for your assistance
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- Our division is full of resource itinerants--these are people who come into
the elementary schools 1 to 3 times a week to teach classes the full time
teachers (art, music, p.e.,library,and computer) cannot get to due to school
size and time. In my case, I have an art itinerant twice a week. This person is
on a cart and shoves it to every classroom. This is just an awful situation.
What we did is bought very inexpensive plastic shelving from K-Mart. We put
heavy blocks on the bottoms shelves for weight. This is where work is 3-D work
is stored. The shelves can be labeled with the class name and grade. They
don't take up too much space. 2-D work is stored in big cardboard portfolios. In
Sax, you can find this really long bunjy (sp) cords that will stretch the
length of an average classroom suspended from the ceiling tile brackets--this
is good for work that needs to dry. He loads the cart each morning and during
planning he makes and exchange of materials to get ready for the rest of the
classes. Organization is the key to making this arrangement work.
I don't know your floor space situation but look into big Rubbermaid type
containers to hold art materials.
I hope this helps.
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- I shared 3 different rooms with 3 completely different
teachers for the first four years that I taught! I
have also been the teacher who had to lose my room so
that another could use it! I sympathize with you!!
The most important thing will be that you have you own
space for your students' art in each classroom. You
will need it to be a locking space if at all possible
because that is the only way to guarantee your
students work will be safe. If you can get a drawer of
the desk for you own office supplies that is great- it
will help you feel more ownership of the room!
You will also have to be vigilant with your own
students to ensure that they do not plunder the other
teachers' or kids' stuff because it will most likely
not be locked up everyday!
Then you will either have to buy a classroom set of
the supplies you will need and carry them on a cart,
in a box, or in a tote- (they all work and they are
all a pain to lug around!)
OR the teachers you share with will have to be very
open with "their" stuff so that you can always find it
and use it when you need it! The worst thing to a
traveling teacher is not to have the supplies you need
when you need them....and sometimes things move around
when you are sharing and then you are just out of luck
if you can't find them!
(If you will be sharing their supplies be sure to
leave it all clean because that builds resentment
Also, you are going to have to give your class extra
time to clean up at the end so that you can leave the
room in the exact condition you found it in- and that
is a great task in itself!
If you can establish a work area that is out of the
way in each of the classrooms so that you or the other
teacher could actually have use of the room during
your off periods that is a great help- but if you
can't then there should be a rule that you are not in
eachothers room during class. If the other teacher
stays there while you are teaching it could possibly
undermine what you are trying to achieve. If your are
a new teacher it will make you feel much better if
they leave so that you do not have to feel like you
are student teaching everyday of your life!
Lastly- speak up right away if there is a problem ...
even a little one. And talk to the teacher about the
problems and discomforts you are having and not about
the teacher to everyone else. That is what caused
major problems at my last school.... the traveling
teacher going back and forth and talking about all her
problems with each of us to the other teachers and not
a word to us! By the time we learned of our offenses
we were too mad to care!
I don't have any suggestions about your water
Just choose to have a positive attitude and remember
that after you survive being a traveling teacher you
will be able to handle anything else that comes up in
teaching -piece of cake! - Mikel
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- Hello, Y.R.
> Please send tips on sharing an art classroom. I willUp until last year, I always had to share with a music teacher.
> share two classrooms, a 2D room (no sink) and a
> computer lab. I'm interested in negotiating space to
> store student work,bookbags and personal items
> (belonging to teacher).
Imagine having to work around a piano. We decided to get rid of the
teacher desk, and stow our personal stuff in the cabinets that we
were stuck with whether we liked them or not. As someone else
mentioned, getting tubs of a uniform size to store her instruments
and my supplies was helpful, and cut down on the dusting. Don't get
them too big--too tempting to overload them. Also, if they are a
reasonable size and stack well...
If you have suggestions for
> orgainzing each room and/or preparing for the daily...then they are ready to stack and be bungied onto a handcart. I
> transitions between classrooms (i.e, a type of bag or
> roller cart that has worked for you, snacks to
> energize, etc.) that would be appreciated too. Thanks
> in advance for your assistance
had to get a plain ol' hand truck because my cart had to have the
ability to be yanked up trailor stairs and pulled across unpaved
terrain in the rain. I don't know if you will have to go outside
with it, but it's the only way to go if you do. The one I bought
from a warehouse supply catalog was about $80, carries up to 100lbs,
and collapses (so I can stick it in the trunk and take it to the
next school.) As far as snacks go, get a water bottle that has a
carrying strap on it. Water will help you out far more than any
snack, in my opinion, although I keep some non-melting chocolate on
hand for stress. :)
It really stinks to have to travel. My music teacher and I opted
several times to cram all of our kids in the same room and team
teach. That was an absolute blast. :)
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