Tuesday, August 14, 2018

First Day of Art Class!

Well, all this week I've been experiencing my first day of art over and over and over. All y'all know what I'm talking about...with 20 classes, you have the joy of hearing yourself say the same things on loop. Most of my classes, kindergarten through 2nd, are 30 minutes in length. I thought I'd share today what I do in that very first 30 minute art class...and stay tuned. I'll be sharing my second day of art (and what I do with my hour long classes) later on this week. For now, here you go!
The video I play on that very first day of art is one I created last year. My art room looks SO DIFFERENT NOW! It's kinda crazy to see how much I changed and redid last year. My students LOVE this video and it's such a great reminder of what is expected of them. Here it is:
Creating videos is a great way to share with kids important information without putting yourself on repeat. My students love to see the adults in the building cutting up and misbehaving in this video!
 I've been using a variation of this "cheat sheet" for years...and it really helps. I call it my security blanket. I'm sharing it with you in case you need a lil bit of security!
Here are the random and sometimes off the wall questions I ask the students. These questions are all over the place...which really holds their attention and keeps them on their toes. 
Much more to come on how I do my first days...but I did want to share with you what I cover on that very first day when I have 30 minutes or less. Happy New School Year! 

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  1. This has been really helpful. I have the same feeling of thinking I wont know what to do. I have to remind myself I've done this before! Have a great school year!

  2. Thank you for sharing! I find you so inspired!

  3. Fabulous “rules’ video!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I moved to a new room this year and then when school started a 5th grade teacher had to use my room because his AC went out! So it’s been rough starting on a cart. Totally throwing me off even though this is my 11th year teaching.

  5. Cassie, you are such an inspiration to art teachers! I wish I could be fun and silly like you, but the teachers at my school said, no smiling until the 2nd month of school! :( I will have a tough crowd, starting at a new inner-city school this year. I will definitely use a lot of your ideas, for the 1st day, starting with routines like the tape line, the get to know you questions and starting a project the first day.

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