Classroom Management

Let’s Talk Classrooms!

The responses to our April Facebook request for a view from your desk were a hoot! You guys posted 122 photos and comments, giving us plenty of stops on a virtual art room tour. Thanks for keeping the conversations fun and lively! Let’s continue them today and take a deeper look at exactly what is going on in these places that are pretty much our second homes…


Elementary teachers, in particular, are rockstars with creating colorful spaces. Did you notice how many rainbow themes popped up in the photos? Not only does it make your room an engaging place to work, your decorations can make great organization or teaching tools! How do you use color in your classroom?



Some of my favorite shots were rooms in a moment of peace. Whether taken in a brief  respite before the happy chaos, or after 7 hours of non-stop art making once you had a chance to breathe, there is something special about a quiet moment in a busy, creative space. What is your favorite way to enjoy a stolen minute in your classroom? Coffee? Tea? A secret under-the-desk-snooze?



…or desire for some! We saw a lot of highly-organized, neat and tidy classrooms in your post. Almost all of them were followed by comments from teachers that were wishing for more order in their own classrooms. We’ve published a ton of great articles about organization here on AOE. What is your very best keep-it-neat trick?


What are some art classroom classics?

Do elementary rooms have different characteristic than secondary rooms? Let’s talk studios, people!


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Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty, a visual arts curriculum coordinator, is a former AOEU Writer and elementary school art educator. She loves working with diverse populations to bring art into students’ homes, communities, and everyday lives.

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