The school year is underway. I have so much to look forward to this year. I moved to a new room that has sink. Hooray! It is a little smaller and not much storage, but it will undergo construction next summer. I asked for a kiln room and more storage. I added closed and open signs to the centers this year. I found these at Office Depot.
Activities for the 1st Week
2nd-1st: Read the book "Not A Stick" and created art from their imagination. I gave them a page with simple geometric shapes and just let them create. We had a discussion about how artists use their imagination, and they can too. I usually do something like this the first week just to see all the students skills and where they are. Some students made simple people and others made watches and mask.
3rd-5th: We discussed our theme for the year: What do artists do? They got to draw on my glass windows their answers. A little fun pre-assessment. Then, they made self portraits for our art fundraiser.
It was a great week. I also have a wonderful student teacher this semester! We have been having fun.
There has been request of videos of my instruction.
Here is one of how I introduce centers. This particular day was the grand opening of sculpture. I do not let students have glue or tape to start it is earned. So, I demonstrate how to do attachments without glue.
I have the bug to start setting up my classroom. I have been collecting supplies here and there through out the summer. But, I think it's time to go in this week and start getting it all in place.
So...what is my routine?
1) Teacher Desk
I always start with my area. I need a command center before I can start with anything else. A small fridge, coffee maker, books, and supply drawer all fit in that small corner.
2) Front of the classroom
I set up the front board with my signs and weekly agenda. To the right of my board, I have this shelf and small table. I am using this table space as a finishing center. The shelf is holding my class rosters and sketchbooks.
When I set up centers for the year, I start with what is the most urgent and will be used first. That is usually drawing and paper. I don't believe in setting up sculpture or textile quite yet. I want to slowly introduce centers and new materials by modeling them. Even though I have been teaching TAB for two years, teaching behavior is a constant.
I just use this shelf for drawing, collage and paper. It sits in the middle of the room. It has worked for a year with the kids. I like the fact that I can see everything. The darker brown shelf holds my paper. I have always struggled with paper storage that works for kids. I am trying this shelf this year. The shelfs pull out. I have pattern papers, magazines, big papers, and any other type of paper here.
4) Emergency SUB
"Oh, No! Ms. Walker is gone today. What do we do?!"
I move on to emergency sub plans. I have two little people, and I have had my share of emergency when I have to leave school immediately. I always make sure that I have something ready to go. I keep two buckets of sub plans. I have actually sub plans and emergency activities. I labeled that bucket "Oh, No! Ms. Walker is gone today. What do we do?!". The emergency sub plans are items that anyone can do. They include items like dot-to-dots, coloring pages, word searches, etc. I also keep an emergency sub plan on my desk under a clear mat. Here is what my emergency plans at my desk look like. Emergency overview
5) New Centers!
I am adding a new center this year. I want to ensure that it fits and looks right in my room. I am a totally believer in how environment effects classroom. My new center is the innovation center. I plan on keeping blocks, recyclables, legos and other building items here. I want a lot of floor space with flexible seating choices. I got two end tables from IKEA. I still need to put the other one together, but here is what the space will look like. It is in the far corner of my room. I also got the rug at IKEA. <3 IKEA
I know my drawing and collage posters are here. This was my drawing center in the past. I am keeping the drawing and collage posters up high and referring to them as I review these skills. I ordered some architecture posters that will be down low with the building items for students to refer too.
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