We are back in the classroom this August! With a few changes, the room is ready to welcome students to art. Chairs are three feet or more away from one another, as are the dots on the floor where younger students sit after they enter the room. Tables have been spaced apart to provide a little extra distance, too. We have new procedures to clean up and turn in work this year. We are also sharing supplies less often and sharing with smaller groups when we do.
I hope that even in these unpredictable times, the art room can still be a fun, happy, and exciting place to be! That is the environment I strive to create each year. I am ready for year nine!
This year, I added big dots to the tables to help students identify their table color and to help them learn where their table bucket belongs. Many things are in new places this year, so this should help them be independent!
I also bought white plastic table cloths to cover my cabinets that house paper. Although I love looking at all of the beautiful colors, the cleaner that is used in the air ruins paper, so the wooden cubbies and table will have to stay covered this year.
For line up, of course I couldn't have kids all squished together on a tape line, so we are lining up on the floor dots. I will call tables to come and stand on the dots and students will exit row by row. I may keep this routine next year because my bigger classes made huge lines!
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I am an ninth year art teacher with degrees in Art Education from Flagler College and the University of Florida, living and working in northern Florida. Each week, I teach over six hundred students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Here you will find what we are learning virtually and in the art classroom!