♠ Posted by ArtMuse at 6:04 PM
Despite some new challenges this year like a smaller art room, a huge influx of new students, making my schedule busier than it's ever been, and having this be my first full year back as a mom, I am still optimistic. There's something eternally hopeful about the opportunity that a fresh start brings.
Getting back to what I mentioned above...I lost about one-third of my art room at the end of last year to make room for a larger more functional ESL space (and all of our new students). On the upside, my art room was huge before, and so now, it isn't tiny, but probably the size of a normal classroom. For years I had a 6 foot rolling partition that divided my room into 2 spaces, an ESL area, and art. Now, I have a finished wall complete with two eight foot bulletin broads, although I now have less space, it does look a lot nicer. When all this was happening last year, I was upset at the thought of loosing my space, but seeing as how I didn't have a choice, it was a case of making lemons out of lemonade. Dare I say, it may even be nice, having a more functional space instead of a larger, less utilized room.
As a result of the change, furniture got rearranged, supplies shuffled, and items given up. Given the new layout, I tweaked a few of my classroom management procedures and routines as seen in some of the pictures below.
I backed all my classroom bulletin boards with fabric. This will eliminate the fading and the need to change the paper every other year.
My class rules are the same as well as some of my posters and anchor charts