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Tales from the traveling art teacher (iaea)12


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  • 2. Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., February 2008“In the U.S., every school district has its ownschedule, but generally, art teachers have theirstudents less than one hour per week. Asignificant number of art teachers do not havean art room with a sink, but have to take a cartfrom room to room. At least 40% of theelementary school children in the U.S. do nothave a specialist art teacher. In many cases,art is taught by the classroom art teacher or avolunteer that often lacks teaching preparationin art education.”
  • 3. My Story I used to travel to 3 schools! I’m the first art teacher to stay on in over ten years. My list of activities include:
  • 4. Creative Expressions Art Contest
  • 5. Contests, including community.
  • 6. Public and School Displays
  • 7. After School Art Projects
  • 8. Musical Props for all 3 Schools
  • 9. More????? Additional duties for each school include:  Lesson Product prep work  Board member meeting displays  Art Spokesperson for Rising Star  Student/Staff Cultural Support Committee  The all around go-to for visual work  Lunch, Car, Bus, T.S.P.E. duty
  • 10. George T. Wilkins Elementary  “Home Base”  Lowest income school in district, 80%  Shared Classroom with music/orchestra  Kindergarten-6th grade  23 classes in 3 1/2 days  Kiln in Junior High!!!!!!
  • 11. Robina Lyle Elementary  Middle income school, mostly Arabic and Polish  Cart and Shared Storage Room with janitor/PTC, This year I have a room!  Grades K-6  One and a half days a week
  • 12. Former Player PrimaryCenter  Middle income school, mostly Arabic and Polish  Art in Gym/Lunchroom  Material Storage shared with music, P.E., speech, and librarian  Kindergarten & 1st Grade  One day a week
  • 13. Negatives to traveling, sharing, classroom, & cart  No sense of own space  No sense of belonging  Tripping over cart  Items falling from the cart  The heavier the cart, the harder to push  Materials too difficult to disperse  No storage for materials  Invading a homeroom  Struggles with communication of coworkers  Car trunk turns into a storage room  Poor communication between principals  Challenge with parent communication  Discipline actions not upheld  I ALWAYS forget at least one item at my other school I need for that day!!!!
  • 14. Positives of Traveling, Classroom, and Cart A chance to know the faculty at multiple schools A break from one school to the next A hands-on chance to work out kinks in lesson plans The district board members recognize your work and decorations more than most. You brighten the students’ day when you enter the classroom With good communication,
  • 15. After gathering my prosand cons…I decided to start a blog.
  • 16. Here are some tips I focused on in theblog!  Over time, you may develop your own methods.
  • 17. Choose Your Cart Wisely… Make your cart easy for you and your students to navigate, organize, and store items. Make a display space. Your fellow teacher’s boards may not be enough. Leave a bin available for resources. Books, Puzzles, Games, etc. Make sure it fits it the
  • 18. Find Your Storage… Do you have an assigned space or closet to store your items? Organize it! Communicate with your colleagues on space to store materials when you’re not there. Do you share with another art teacher? Communicate on how to use the materials. Label and lock your materials.
  • 19. Lesson Planning and Curriculum When traveling, plan the grade level lessons at the same time. Bring your lesson plan book with you to note any changes! To save on carrying extra materials, create examples for each school so you can leave it there! Teaching over time? Try to order your materials to collect what you need at each school. Over time, you carry less and less to each school. Communicate with teachers about their curriculum. Maybe you can squeeze in a fun lesson to integrate!
  • 20. Rules and Procedures Set your own rules: passing- out, clean-up, noise level, etc… Discuss with the homeroom teacher what their rules and procedures are, and communicate what yours will be. Leaving time before and after for passing out/cleaning up materials. Get the students involved. They will feel more ownership
  • 21. Discipline…a Continuing Challenge Communicate and ask what the homeroom classroom procedures are. Use their disciplinary actions, like color card flips or time off T.S.P.E. Follow up on disciplinary actions. The teacher shouldn’t have to do the job for you, but communicate with the appropriate colleagues to make sure the action is completed. You may not have time, but you must attempt to communicate
  • 22. Creating Material and Work Space Communicate with the teacher on where you can keep materials out during your class time. Make sure you can fit the cart in the room. This can get annoying. Student desks are best when cleaned off when you enter the room. Use the empty desks. Keep your own magnets on you for board demonstrations or displays.
  • 23. Include Technology (Even in a Tricky Situation) It’s a standard we need in our lessons, so try and find ways to incorporate a Power Point or website for activities. Search for your resources. Again, communicate with your principal and colleagues to find ways
  • 24. Painting? Check ahead of time to see if you have a sink. If not, find out where you can wash brushes. Use disposable plates for paint. It saves time on clean up. Choose your “art helpers” to wash brushes during clean-up. Communicate with the custodian about paper towels.
  • 25. 3-Dimensional Materials Check ahead of time to see if you can store materials in the classrooms when you are away. Sandwich baggies will be your friend. Save additional time for clean-up. Limit your introduction time.
  • 26. Utilize the Hallway Space Need construction paper? Display boxes out in the hallway. Large painting projects? Roll out long paper…in the hallway. Perfect spot for the drying rack.
  • 27. Tips to keep your sanity…while promoting the arts!  Communicate!  Don’t be shy.  Collegiality takes time, so be a team player.  The administrator is not your enemy.  Don’t assume everyone knows your schedule and responsibilities.
  • 28. Tips to keep your sanity… while you save prep time! When preparing materials, try preparing enough for all your schools. Build your example collection each year, and leave it at your school. Plan your supply budgets to prevent extra materials to carry.
  • 29. Tips to keep your sanity… and not forget something! Leave a checklist to go over at end of day. You will always forget at least one item at your last school. Head back if you need to, which means show up to work early.
  • 30. More Tips to Stay Sane Don’t overbook heavy lessons in a chunk of time. Attempt to plan your paper/ cutting/ gluing/ painting/ sculpture lessons accordingly. This means don’t plan a clay lesson back to back to a painting lesson next period. You’ll burn out.
  • 31. More Tips to Stay Sane Learn how to say “no.” You are not the only creative person in the school, so the little drawings and displays not in your job description can be left for others.
  • 32. More Tips to Stay Sane Find your “Art Helpers” Parents can also help!
  • 33. Finally… Be happy your students have art, and that you have a job. You are an advocate for the arts in your students’ education.
  • 34. Would you like to be a part of Research? Currently, there is no research explaining the reasons for the existence of the art on a cart practice, nor has there been a study that has explored its effects on learning. The study seeks out the stories of art educators utilizing this practice to explore the challenges of teaching from a cart, as well as successful strategies and best practices.
  • 35. more information, please contactHeidi K. Lung:
  • 36. Questions! If you would like more information on lesson plans, have questions or concerns, or would like to add comments, please feel free to email me @ Please visit my blog: Tales From the Travelling Art Teacher! www.talesfromthetravelling