Classroom Management

How to Manage Your Crazy Kindergarteners at the End of Art Class

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!

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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