Tomorrow, I get my first group (1.5 classes) of 31 kindergarteners.  This should be interesting.  Especially considering I have 28 chairs…

First week project for the little ones (K-2)!

So simple.  On the first day, we practice coming in the room, finding seats, passing things out, turning papers in, writing name/teacher/grade on papers, and lining up!  Decorating apples can take 5 minutes or 15 depending on what the class needs, and it’s more special that coloring a normal white paper.  Some classes even had time to read a book and review colors and color mixing at the end of the block.

msleahqueenhbic:

artfulartsyamy:

"I bet teaching Art is fun cause you don’t really have to do anything." My students’ daily agenda according to class. #arted

^This. I want to bring them all to work with me and show them…

Impressive.  Love how you have it organized and how easy it is to read.

msleahqueenhbic:

artfulartsyamy:

"I bet teaching Art is fun cause you don’t really have to do anything." My students’ daily agenda according to class. #arted

^This. I want to bring them all to work with me and show them…

Impressive.  Love how you have it organized and how easy it is to read.

Circle Painting: First day project for the big kids this week (3-5)!  I first did circle painting in grad school, which I tell my kids and show pictures.  They think it’s pretty neat that I go to school, too.

With this project, we practice using brushes after a long summer break, review how to use sponges (because- let’s face it- paint will get on the floor), and focus on clean up/end of class procedures.  It’s also a good opportunity for students to interact with their new classmates and for me to figure out the class dynamics!  The final paintings are great to display and to use to cover boards.  

Happy first day of school!  Hard to believe that this is already my third year and my very first kindergarteners are now entering my class as second graders!

Happy first day of school!  Hard to believe that this is already my third year and my very first kindergarteners are now entering my class as second graders!

A few new things in the art classroom!

My table buckets now have numbers that represent the number of students at each table.  So, each bucket should have that number of the supplies inside.  Hopefully this will be easier than listing the materials on the board or on the bucket.  Simple.  4 pencils, 4 pairs of scissors, 4 bottles of glue, etc.

Floor dots!  This year, I will have having more transitions with my kinders and Pre-kers (officially teaching two pre-k classes!!).  Today, the pre-K teacher gave me the fantastic idea to use dot stickers for each student to sit on in the front of the classroom.  The stickers are covered with a bit of clear box tape so that they will last.

And I’m determined to keep better track of the erasers this year!  They will be returned up front at the end of every class.  Thank you tumblr teachers for the idea!

 

Day one of planning and it’s looking like my classroom again!
Class portfolios updated, boxes unpacked, posters taped up, and lots of reorganizing!

Day one of planning and it’s looking like my classroom again!

Class portfolios updated, boxes unpacked, posters taped up, and lots of reorganizing!

Tips for First Year Teachers from a Second Year Teacher

mpinaire:

1. As you are getting your classroom ready, remember that the room is more your students’ than it is yours. Obviously, your classroom should suit your teaching style, but everything should be done to benefit your students. Decorations aren’t the highest priority.

2. Don’t buy a ton your first…

Templates are printed and I’m finalizing the schedule for the year!  Planning week starts tomorrow!  Third year, here we go!

Templates are printed and I’m finalizing the schedule for the year!  Planning week starts tomorrow!  Third year, here we go!

from-student-to-teacher:

WOW!!!!! This is so incredibly powerful. I feel this way about receiving essays and the like. What do  you think/how do you feel about this?

So important!

from-student-to-teacher:

WOW!!!!! This is so incredibly powerful. I feel this way about receiving essays and the like. What do  you think/how do you feel about this?

So important!

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pinairestudio:

Little drawings way out on the trails.
Just a few more days of summer remaining.  Teachers back Monday.  Kids back in a week.  Going to miss these weekday morning adventures. 

pinairestudio:

Little drawings way out on the trails.

Just a few more days of summer remaining.  Teachers back Monday.  Kids back in a week.  Going to miss these weekday morning adventures. 

Ms. Pinaire's Classroom Wish List - BLICK art materials

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Tips for setting up your Pre-K classroom at the beginning of the year:

positivelypersistentteach:

1. Use picture labels for where things go along with the words. This makes teaching the kids to clean-up so much easier.

2. Don’t go overboard with posters and cutesy stuff on the walls. It is much better to leave room for student work. Most districts follow a 20%…

10 Adaptive Art Tools

artedadventures:

For one of my grad classes, we had to come up with and share 10 low-tech adaptive art tools that a student with a disability might use. Adaptive art tools help those with disabilities enhance and sustain functional capabilities. They had to be made from cheap materials or things that we already…

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Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

positivelypersistentteach:

Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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