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One of the most chaotic times in an art teacher’s day is the clean up/ line up time. No matter how crazy class was, it’s still important to get students calmed down, quiet, and ready for the hallway. The last thing art teachers need is the embarrassment that happens when a teacher comes to pick up their class, and the classroom is out of control. This is not sending a very professional message. Plus there’s your sanity to take into consideration. By developing strategies that WORK for lining up, you will hopefully have more time for art making and a little more peace in your day. Watch this video for three of my favorite tricks to get students in line quietly.
Although most of these ideas are geared more to the Elementary folk, it can be surprising what Middle and High Schoolers will go for. You just never know! Perhaps you also may be interested in a non-verbal cue to line up your class that is appropriate for all age levels. Check out this article for more details.
What other fun and effective Line Up tricks to you have?
Secondary folks, what is the key to calming your students down at the end of art class?