As I put my art room together for the start of the school year, I realized how much I depend on these three classroom management "posters". They were not bought from a storehouse of art supplies but rather designed by art teachers as solutions to behavior management issues. Thankfully these teachers have shared their ideas and helped make my art room run much smoother. I would like to share them here:
The Mona Lisa is an awesome example of how to be a good listener
. I first learned this idea from Scott Russell
. He also shared that he does a call and response with his students. He says "Mona" they respond with "Lisa" and pose quietly like her. This simple poster expresses my wishes for my students perfectly. Samantha Melvin
has her students look at the Mona Lisa and sit like her to calm their minds before they begin art class. I used BlockPosters.com
to make this poster a bit bigger than my school printer can. You can download the image here
and larger poster here.
This info graphic is beautiful, artistic, and SO HELPFUL in my elementary art room. I love being able to say, "We will need to concentrate now so our voice level should not be above a 1 (spy talk)" or "Turn to your neighbor and discuss the solution. Keep your voices at a 2 (low flow)." This image came from Theresa Gillespie. She shared it out last school year and it changed the way I approach everything now. Having a concrete way to discuss my expectations with the students helps them self-monitor rather than just wait for me to tell them they are too loud. I love how it also gives me a chance to explain that noise and learning can go together if we are all on task. Download the image from her Teachers Pay Teacher's Store here
& follow Theresa on Twitter @greeneyegal
. Tip: if you need the poster a different size upload the image to http://www.blockposters.com/
The Scoreboard is my simple incentive plan in the art room. I write 1st-5th grade classrooms on each of the lines. Every week when students arrive in art class they get 4 points. One point for each of the classroom rules (see them on display in my room
): Listen, Be Polite, Show Respect, Clean Up
At the end of class I ask a student who was good at keeping the rules to mark the scoreboard. They work their way towards the star and gain a visual to judge how their class is doing against the rest of the school. When students reach the star I give them a smiley face eraser cap, the star of our Fugleflick movie, Be Kind to Your Erasers
If you want the image only click here
. If you want the poster size version click here
There is only a few more days left before we break for winter...but we still need good listeners in the art room! How can we learn without listening? I made this Fugleflick video to remind my students what good listeners does. Use it as often as you need this week!