There's another elementary art teacher in my district who sees TEN classes in one day. At two schools. Two 40 minute classes and EIGHT 30 minute classes. Mercy. I can't even. . .
All of this being said because sometimes I worry that students aren't getting enough individual art experiences. In the reality of time, there's a LOT of sharing of paint and other materials. I wondered if it was making a big difference in the work and experience of my students. So earlier this week I decided to set up individual tempera paint for my kindergarten (no sharing for color mixing):
|These are little coated paper squares that the cafeteria|
used to use to give out butter. No more butter allowed, so
they passed them on to me.
I was able to do this because I have plan time right before kindergarten. Now, I usually have them paint with something like this:
|Totally an old picture that was from something else,|
but you get the idea.
And painted some more:
The next day I did it the regular way (sharing paint with a partner or the whole table/four students), and I have to say, there really wasn't a big difference. Here's a side-by-side comparison of students from different classes who are very similar in their work habits and abilities:
|Individual paint on the left, shared paint on the right.|
I've also had lots of "I didn't learn this in college" moments lately. Mostly related to managing all the stuff and supplies of art teacher land. Maybe 17 years of experience is when the real learning begins, what do you think???