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With so much up in the air regarding returning to school safely, many art teachers have found themselves potentially teaching “Art on a Cart.”
Many amazing educators have taught art from a cart for years and have lots of tricks and tips for a successful art experience. On the flip side, transitioning to art on a cart during a pandemic will look different from any other school year. But don’t worry, it’s not impossible. It is vital to stay positive.
Outside of the comfort of your own art room, you are going to need to change up your typical art teacher song and dance. You won’t be able to grab extra supplies, whip up an early finisher project, or adjust a lesson in the same way that you would in your own art room.
Therefore, it’s important to always have a plan B. Consider bringing extra simple drawing materials to switch up your lesson or prepare an alternative to specific technology use in case it’s unavailable.
With so many amazing art cart setups out there, it can be tricky to know what will work best for you. Consider these questions to help you guide your search for the perfect art cart.
To work out these questions and more use the ART ON A CART: Re-Thinking Classroom Procedures Worksheet. Download your own copy here.
Being in someone else’s space can be uncomfortable, and it’s important to address any concerns that might arise. Use this free download to strike up a social contract with your classroom teachers for best teaching and communication practices.
Simply sign the letter and share your personal plans moving forward. Then, share the letter with your classroom teachers for continued open communication.
There’s no question; your students miss you. Your students are craving a meaningful connection with you more than they are missing creating a complicated sculpture. Keep your lessons simple. Focus on building social-emotional connections. Start with simple and fun drawing lessons to get into the groove of being back at school. This year is hard for everyone, and there’s no need to make it harder with complex lessons.
Even though you are not in your own art room, you are still an excellent educator who knows how to manage students. Try some simple tricks like turning off the lights or playing a fun song like, “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes,” when you enter the room to signal that it’s time for art. Incorporate five mindful minutes to continue routines from your art room practice.
The art teacher community is filled with positive people sharing their helpful hints for successful teaching. Learning a simple trick like dispensing water from an old laundry detergent container may just save your sanity. Remember, you set the tone for how you approach teaching. If you lead with a positive attitude, your students will follow.
So, mask up, put on your art teacher tool belt, clip on your bottle of hand sanitizer, and give your students the best art experience possible.
What cart features do you find absolutely necessary?
What kinds of lessons are you excited to try with art on a cart?
How do you plan to establish a strong adult culture with your coworkers?
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