Thursday, January 9, 2014

Your Art Room's a Mess: Teacher Storage Area

In July of 2013, "Your Art Room's a Mess" was published on iTunes.  It was written to help the new or disorganized art teacher get a handle on their room and supplies.  "Your Art Room's A Mess" teaches you:
•What an art supply is used for
•How it should be stored
•How it should be distributed
•What your elementary student is going to do with it.
All this in a quick reference style accompanied by real experiences from the art room.  

I have decided to share some sections from "Your Art Room's A Mess" right here on my blog.  Enjoy!

Teacher Storage Area

Keeping students away from things they should not have their hands on, or rather—keeping these things out of their way during work time—is another way to successfully manage your classroom.  Supplies in the art room are everywhere and in a great abundance.  Most supplies should be kept away from students and be placed in the teacher’s storage area.  This would preferably be in drawers, cabinets, and closets.  However, many classrooms are not equipped with the type of storage necessary for an art room. The teacher’s storage areas may be a bookshelf with a curtain or a counter covered in a box.  They should be covered, draped, and kept separate as much as possible from the student area.  If students see supplies, their tendency is to want to use it.  Students should know which areas are off limits to them.  It is important to draw boundaries so that students do not take advantage of using extra supplies or taking supplies they were not supposed to.  It may not bother you if one student takes an extra sheet of 12” x 18” 80lb. drawing paper without asking, or even if 10 students do, but before you know it the ream will be gone and you will not have it when you need it. 

If you like what you've read here, check out other free chapters:
Management Plan
Behavior Plan
Student Area

Or download the whole book on iTunes or TeachersPayTeachers

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