SAFE: meaning students are showing safe behavior with tools and materials, and their bodies.
THOUGHTFUL Simply…think of others. Students are being kind and considerate of one another. Some examples;
Students are accepting of each other’s artistic and personal differences; Understand that we are all unique and have different ideas, and that it’s good to be different.
Students are respectful towards the teacher, each other, and the art room materials.
When students arrive to class they sit at their table spot. I have name cards pre-made that are on tables where each student sits.
*The cards are used only for their 1st and 2nd art class.
After kids are seated and I’m ready to introduce the lesson or continue with directions for the day, I clap the school clap, which is used district wide. Students know to respond by clapping the same clap back and look and listen.
As you all know, listening during instruction is a BIG one. It’s a teacher’s number one pet peeve if a student is clearly not listening– or worse– chatting with another student! If I see that some kids aren’t listening or aren’t watching what I’m doing, I say to the whole class, “make sure you’re paying attention!
Students know that they can talk during art making time, but that it needs to be at an indoor volume. Not recess volume. The signs face out spelling “ART” until I think the class is getting too noisy. If it’s too loud, I clap to get their attention, they do the same clap back and I explain that it’s too loud and I’m going to flip over the “A” to warning #1. If at some point it gets too loud again- I repeat clapping and tell students to quiet down again and flip over the “R” to warning #2. Students usually know I mean business when this happens, and quiet down.
If I have to clap a 3rd time, I flip over the “T” and the whole class has a silent art until the end of art. This definitely happens on occasion.
OK, this is an obvious one. Students shouldn’t blurt out when a teacher is talking. They are expected to raise their hands and wait to be called on. But, I often get a lot of hands up even BEFORE I explain anything once they sit down. Sound familiar?