As you enter my art classroom this is what will greet you.
The painting says it all for me. I created this painting several years ago to showcase the concept that it takes a village to raise a child. I believe in this 100%. We all must do whatever it takes to help get students to become positive, intelligent, caring people that are our future. Over the years it has been damaged by students that lack self esteem and hurt. I don't take it personally. I just repair it and put it back up. In the painting I have included my little MSU (Michigan State University) person to represent my alma mater. When you walk into my room there is a bank of computers.
The door is actually to the left of these computers. As you look at the pictures to follow remember that the trash hasn't been dumped and you might see a knife out because I was unpacking a lot of things. I don't normally have a knife sitting around my room. Here are some pictures from around the room.
The next pictures are of some display boards that I am using this year for bulletin boards and also to block out my pottery wheels. These display boards I purchased for my advanced art class to put up their annal art show. I have 15 of these that are shared by two students to create their own special display. I had never thought of using these to block out an area in my art room. However, when the administration took them and used them in our in school suspension room I thought it might be a good idea for my own classroom. Over the years, I have discovered that middle school boys like to fool around with pottery wheels at any time. They are fascinated by them. The electicty hoses hang down from the ceiling which are also fun to play with, so I decided to hide these this year. (This was not my choice but it was a safety issue.) When we use the wheels, I can wheel my display boards out of the way easily and put them back when we are finished. That whole back area is off limits to my students. I have a sink back there that I am keeping for my prep area. My room is quite large. I wanted to make it smaller because middle school students need to be confined a bit or they will run through the room. There is plenty of room for them to work and I have actually taken over about a third of the room with my computer area, prep area, and "chill zone" area.
Here are a few more pictures. In my next post, I will explain some of the organizational things I did this year to create a better managed classroom. I am excited about this new school year and I am loving how my room is working out. The kids are enjoying it and all of the new paintings and posters I put up this year. They aren't even missing the sink as I have three other ones in my room!
I will close with a picture of my old, ugly stool. I should say it is cute now as I painted it this summer! I put the words, "Be creative and inspire others." just to remind me of why I am a teacher. I am not here to make some kid miserable. My goals are to help kids reach for the stars and discover how art has made the world a better place, and can have a great impact on their own lives. Have a great school year!