Fact. I have short art classes (45 minutes) and a lot of them in a day
Fact. I have no time between my classes
Fact. If kids do not help me with clean up (and by help I mean, DO most of it) there is no way I can be ready for my next class which is usually waiting at the door.
So…. When faced with the reality of these facts I have devised a system to make it as simple and easy as possible for my students to pass out and return needed supplies, all while keeping it organized and tidy.
Enter low open shelving:
1. Easy for kids to access because it’s lower to the ground
2. Bins that are already dived out for each table
3. Labeling on the back of the shelf using pictures, so students know where to put things back, even beginning readers.
You may ask why I don’t just keep these items in one large bin on the table. (Some of my colleagues do this) I like to keep only the exact supplies the students need on the table at any given time. This prevents them from messing with supplies that are not needed or useful to them at the time. Plus, since my room and tables are small (with a growing district with huge class sizes) There simply isn’t room on the tables for excess supplies.
As you may have noticed, these shelves only store the most used art supplies, not any speciality items for a particular project. I keep those items in another spot that I will show you later in the week, as well as how I determine WHO in the art room helps me each day.
How do you store the supplies you use every day in the art room? Do share!