RENEW
Dec 19, 2013

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A Visual to Help Students from Wandering in the Art Studio

It never fails. There is always one student in each of my classes who seems to have a problem with wandering throughout the art studio. They’re constantly out of their seats for one reason or another. When I taught elementary art, it seemed to be less of a problem because the supplies were often passed out to the tables, alleviating the need for students to get out of their seats. At the middle school, however, my students have a lot more freedom and independence. They’re given more choice and are frequently using different supplies than their peers at the same table. Because of this, the number of students wandering throughout the art studio has increased.

I found myself frequently reminding these students to get back to their seats multiple times per class. To help these students stay on task and keep them from wandering, I created this visual for students to keep on their desks.

STOP, RAISE YOUR HAND

When I notice students are frequently wandering throughout the classroom, I have a discussion with them about the classroom expectations and how much time they’re wasting wandering around. If students continue to struggle, I set one of the visuals on the desk in front of them, reminding them that they lost the privileged of getting out of their seats. At that point, I make sure they have all the supplies needed for their projects. If these students need different supplies or materials, they have to raise their hands and ask for permission to get up. The other option is that sometimes I get their supplies for them.

The downside of this system is sometimes I’m busy, unavailable to respond and/or deliver the art supplies. In these cases, there always seems to be another student who is willing to help out. Since implementing the visual, student learning and productiveness has increased in the art studio. If you’d like to try this out in your own classroom, you can download a set of reminders by clicking the image below.

 

StopWandering

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What strategies have you implemented in your classroom to help “wandering” students stay on task?

What visuals do you use as reminders?

 

CassidyThis article was written by AOE Team member Cassidy Reinken. Cassidy is a certified K-12 art educator with 7+ years experience. Her background includes teaching elementary and middle school art in Iowa.

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  • Vicky Siegel

    Perfect! Especially after all of the inside recesses with too cold weather! Students think they can just wander around the room, since they do in their classroom during inside recess!!

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Cassidy Reinken

      I remember the craziness in the winter when students didn’t go outside for recess…. oh the joys of being an elementary art teacher. At times I miss the little kids!