Magazine article School Arts

Working Smarter

Magazine article School Arts

Working Smarter

Article excerpt

What a wonderful month, October! You have been teaching for a month or so and are into the flow of the year. By now you are noticing what works and what doesn't. One thing that can drastically affect your classroom management is the way your room works.

Tomorrow, watch the way you and your students move through your room. Jot down the bottlenecks. Is there enough room for you and your students to move easily between tables? Can students easily get to things they need without crowding one another? Does your seating arrangement facilitate conversation or discourage it? If students face each other they are more likely to converse. Are you comfortable with that?

How do you demonstrate studio skills? Do you have to move students to do so? Can every student see what you are demonstrating? Have a student role-play demonstrating while you sit in the back and note how well you can see each move. …

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