To have a studio tracker or not? Throughout my years of teaching TAB, I have implemented Studio Trackers and sometimes I have not.
Wait…what is a Studio Tracker? A Studio Tracker is a chart or poll that helps students monitor and track what centers they visit in the art studio. There are many ways to create and use a Studio Tracker. I have tried a chart, digital trackers using Google Forms, and portfolio style (One page per student).
(Above is a Studio Tracker I use for K & 1)
So, what can I tell you about the advantages for Studio Trackers?
Students Self Monitor
One of the greatest benefits of having a student-directed classroom is that students oversee most aspects of the classroom. If students are choosing what they are working on, they should also oversee keeping track of what they are doing. It will also teach students how self-monitor.
Helps Students Reflect
Students (and adults) have a difficult time remembering what they have been working on in the studio over the past quarter or month. I have found that Studio Trackers are extremely beneficial as a reflection tool for students. It becomes a quick visual tool to tell students what centers they have been in the most and least. It is also instant data to share with admin or parents.
Great Addition to Portfolios
If students are already keeping a sketchbook or portfolio, adding a Studio Tracker would make a great addition to show off.
The key to Studio Trackers is getting students into the routine of completing them. I always say make sure is it purposeful and meaningful. (My best tip is to make a routine before they start centers. It seems like once work starts- it is difficult to get students to stop.)