|Yes I covered my desk with zebra-print|
contact paper! :)
I've spent A LOT of time getting my classroom ready (ie. redecorating) during the past couple weeks... five hundred projects at a time. :) This is apparently how I work; I start a project... then get distracted by something else and start another one... which inevitably leads me to something else.. and so on - EVENTUALLY it all gets done though. ;)
Before I get started on this little art room tour, I must apologize for my not so pretty photos. I love my Galaxy S3.. but it does not take pictures NEARLY as well as the iphone!
Here are a few whole-classroom photos...
|View from my classroom door!|
|View from my window!|
|Front of my classroom and my beautiful new rug!!|
You'll notice that I once again went with the tape around the edges of my tables to distinguish table colors. I love this method - even though the kids love to pick at it!
I also use a sharpie to write seat numbers along the side of the table which correspond with my classroom jobs chart.
The photos above show you my word wall! I created word wall cards that feature the vocabulary word AND also have an illustration to help communicate the word's meaning. At the end of class my students line up along this wall - so they are constantly looking at them!
|My pretty shape posters!|
|And pretty window decorations!|
|When I commit to a theme.. I commit!|
|Gotta remind myself of this sometimes. I teach elementary art. Even though sometimes I feel like I'm going insane and I want to scream... it could be SO much worse!|
|Yes I spent a huge amount of time wrapping my furniture in wrapping paper and adding a chevron backing with contact paper. :) I told you I commit!|
|Even had to change out the paper strip on my box to make it match!|
|Where I organize and store student work for the week. (I see the same group of kids for an entire week.. then switch to my next rotation the following week.)|
|New art centers storage! :)|
|Yes I added a custom chevron backing. hahaha|
Last year I even took it a step further and tracked what letter classes ended up on at the end of class. Then at the end of the year as an added incentive.. the class with the most greens won an art party (which ended up being an ice cream party - yeaaa needless to say I gained some weight). Unfortunately although it started out as an effective classroom management system, it lost steam as the year went on. Whole classes ended up losing letters because of a few students.. and classes who left many times on yellow and/or red figured they weren't going to win the art party anyway and gave up caring.
|Class Dojo app on my phone!|
I've set up my class dojo account with 6 classes (one for each grade level). Then inside each class I've added 6 "students" (my table colors). When students are doing well (come into the room quietly, participate, use good manners, work hard, share well, clean-up ON TIME, etc...) they can earn dojo points! When they do the opposite, they can lose dojo points! *I also love class dojo because you can download it as an app on your phone.. so you can give and take away points from kids even when you aren't at your computer!!
So whhhhhyyy do the kids care if they win points or not? Great question!! Because now when we do art centers (if they finish their projects early or I decide to have a centers day), they can only pick from centers that they can "afford" with their dojo points! Hehehehee! Ingenious!
Naturally all of my super awesome centers (window drawing, jewelry, modeling clay, origami, etc) require a larger number of points.. while some of my less exciting ones require less (weaving, pattern blocks, etc). Table points reset at the end of the week so the next time my group see's me, they have a fresh opportunity to win points!
Now there is no more class vs class competitions, waiting until the end of the year to be rewarded, and no more buying prizes! Instead the kids are rewarded weekly with new art opportunities and experiences!
|My 'analog' point system.. in case I don't have the class dojo screen projecting. Points are recorded for each table next to their color magnet!|
|My pretty pretty DIY magnets!|
What are your classroom management plans for this school year??