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Clean up in the art room is always chaotic, but during Kindergarten or 1st grade, the craziness can be amplified times 10. When the teacher comes to pick up his or her class and the room is half cleaned up with students running around, it makes you, the art teacher, look bad and FEEL bad. On the flip side, ending class on a calm note can provide the opportunity for you to review the concepts taught and conduct quick formative assessments to guide your instruction for next time.
I share my secret to making this all work in the video. Let me know what you think!
What are some tips for cleaning up with young students?
How do you end art class? Any great routines you can share?