As the school year comes to an end, I always like to think back and reflect on my lessons. What worked well? What will I tweak for next year? What do I need to totally scratch? A lot of the lessons we do depend on how much time we have with the students. Some teachers see their classes daily, some every other day and some once per week. I’m sure there are some of you out there that see your students even less than that.
So, I’m curious, what do you think is the ideal amount of time for an art class? From my elementary perspective, my current set up is just about perfect. I see each of my classes once every four days for 50 minutes. After working in schools with art times ranging from 40 to 60 minutes per class, 50 minutes seems ideal. With five to ten minutes on either end for demonstration and clean up, thirty to forty minutes of work time seems to work really well for my age group.
So tell us, what is your current set-up?
Do you wish it were different?
Does it limit or challenge you in any ways? We’d love to hear.