Sunday, September 11, 2016

In the Art Room: Clean Up, the Movie!

 
Hey, guys, Box o' Crayons here! I'm so excited to share with y'all a little something I've been referring to as Clean Up, The Movie. It has been brought to my attention that my wee artists have kinda forgotten our clean up routine (cuz their art teacher foolishly assumed that they'd remember it as we were only out of school for two months and they are under the age of 10 [I know, I know. When will I learn]). Because I covered it quickly at the start of the year, I failed to really drive home the important parts of our routine. So I recruited my awesome buddies Kiera Crite, our music teacher, Ali Starkweather, our P.E. teacher and Bethany Kokoski, our P.E. teacher, to help a crazy art teacher out. 

Grab your popcorn, folks! And enjoy Clean Up, The Movie
I got the idea to create the movie earlier this week, wrote out the "script" (if that's what you wanna call it...been over-sharing all the deets here) Thursday night and we filmed on Friday after school. I strongly encouraged the ladies to do a little improv because they are so funny, I knew they would come up with some great stuff. And I know that the kids are going to LOVE seeing some of their favorite teachers ham it up in this video! Be sure to watch to the end where I threw in our outrageous outtakes.
Here's what I decided to cover in the art room:

* Clean Up Signal I once casually mentioned that I thought it would be cool to have a gong in my art room after seeing one at a music shop. My hubs works for a musical instrument company and, well, I magically received one for our 10 year wedding anniversary. The kids love the Clean Up Gong (tho it has been accidentally referred to as the Clean Up Bong and the Clean Up Dong...oh boy). Before I had the gong, I used this chime from my husbands company. I love using this inexpensive chime as an attention getter. 

* How to Clean Up Essentially, the kids need to know that they are to make the room as tidy as they found it (or better!). My older students totally get it, they are actually really great at straightening and tidying up. I have noticed that my younger kids don't even seem to see that they left scissors out or their chair not pushed in. I don't know if it's because they are young and mama picks up after them or what. But the words, "I am not your mama!" may have come outta my mouth a time or two.

* Standing like a Statue Their signal to me that they are ready to roll is that they are standing silently behind their pushed in chair at a tidy table. To encourage them to work together and clean up, the "best" table gets to line up first. Which is really bogus as they all have their certain spots in line. 

* Alphabetical Order Okay, you might think this one is crazy but it's the best thing ever. My students either leave my room and go to P.E. or vice versa as they have P.E. every day at my school. For our total Special Area sanity, we have the kids line up in designated spots so we don't have to deal with "But I'm the Line Leader!" "I'm the Door Holder!" "I'm the Caboose!" We ain't got time for that. Our fabulous P.E. teachers teach them how to line up in alphabetical order so when they come to me, they already know their spot!
* Painting Clean Up I must get asked a bazillion times, "where do I put my painting?" My response is usually "really?!" Or, even better, when they bring the painting to ME and I'm all, "do I look like a drying rack?" I totally forgot to put in the video where to put the paint brushes but the kids are really good at remembering where to put those (in a large plastic coffee can filled with warm soapy water by the sink). 
Weren't the actors hilarious?! We were DYING in between takes, y'all. I'm so lucky I work with folks who are willing to join me in my crazy ideas. BIG THANK YOU, Kiera, Ali and Bethany! I can't wait for our next movie making adventure. 
In case y'all are interested in how I created and edited the video (and did the voice over on the prezi), you might want to watch the above video. I'm SUPER low-tech...so if I can do it, you can!
While the making of the movie didn't take us long, the editing was a bit of a beast. Splicing all of those clips, trimming them down, creating the Prezi at the end and doing that voice over...it was a labor of love. I think I'll be able to use it for several classes and years. And I can always edit it some more in iMovie if needed. 
I'll keep you posted on the kids' reaction to Clean Up, The Movie!
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14 comments:

  1. OMG!!! Cassie, I love it, turned out so AMAAAAZING!! Looks like you have such a great Specials Team, love it when that happens, I have 2 great teams, as I am at 2 schools. Anyway, just wanted to Congratulate on an awesome film, and while I don't have a gong for clean up, I do have a slide whistle I inherited over the summer and the students are LOVING it!!!

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    1. Thank you!! I appreciate your kind words. I am super lucky to work with such a fabulous specials team :)

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  2. Really great, Cassie! You've succeeded in making even clean up instructions fun!!

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    1. Awesome!! Mission accomplished!

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  3. I'm working on making videos this year, by tour of the art room was a huge success (the kids think I'm internet famous, they don't believe me that all my video views are from just me lol) So is quicktime how you got your prezi into your video? That is what I wanted to start adding next into my videos. My principal suggested having the kids watch my videos in computer lab to save time in art.

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    1. Hi Carrie! Yes...to answer your question. I make the prezi then use Quicktime to do the voiceover then splice it using iMovie. Love the computer lab idea! This clean up movie will be shown in 2 parts as it is a little long and we still need time to create. :)

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  4. Hi Carrie! Yes...to answer your question. I make the prezi then use Quicktime to do the voiceover then splice it using iMovie. Love the computer lab idea! This clean up movie will be shown in 2 parts as it is a little long and we still need time to create. :)

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  5. LMAO! This was hilarious as well as entertaining and informative! Your colleagues are amazing! Love, Love, Love it!

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  6. Anonymous9/12/2016

    Thanks for the inspiration to bring even more fun to the art room! I really appreciate your creativity!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!!

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  7. Love your blog, saw you speak at BGSU! Wish we had more teachers like you in our area! Good work!

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  8. How fun!!! What a great idea.

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  9. You've succeeded in making even clean up instructions fun!! I do have a slide whistle I inherited over the summer and the students are LOVING it!!!

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