The other night I had my first back-to-school anxiety dream of the summer. My art room was HUGE, The students weren’t paying attention because they couldn’t hear me across the football field that was my room. I was opening cabinets and drawers and I couldn’t find the right art supplies. Just as a student was climbing on top of a desk to dance—my principal walked in the room. That’s when I woke up…whew!
Are you ready? Ready to greet your first class on the first day? We all know that we need to have our behavior management and routines planned and ready to go, on day one. As specialists we need to teach the same routines to many classes. Why not make a video about your routines? It’s a great way to break up your presentation and keep the kids engaged.
Making a video that shows your art classroom routines will save you from saying the same thing over and over again. Let’s face it, after we’ve repeated ourselves five classes in a row we won’t be able to sell it with the same enthusiasm as the first time.
Showing an art room routine video provides a buffer if you have back-to-back classes. While the kids are watching your routines video, you can pass out materials for an activity, have a swig of water or take a deep breath.
What follows is a roundup of classroom routine videos made by our fellow art teachers. You probably won’t be able to use someone else’s video because no two art classrooms are alike, so let these serve as inspiration for making your own.
Let’s start with the one, the only, Cassie Stephens. She’s funny, she’s engaging and I’ve learned a lot from her. Here’s one where her fellow teachers play the part of the children doing the classroom routines the wrong way and the right way.
Another Cassie Stephens video, but this one is for cleanup. The teacher dressed as a Viking cracks me up whenever she grunts.
This video uses Cassie’s video as a model. Who says we have to reinvent the wheel?
Want to get a workout and motivate your class to clean? This video features an art teacher dancing around her room with a rainbow duster (what other kind of duster would an art teacher have?) while her students rush around to cleanup.
Here’s a virtual tour of an art room. I like this teacher’s help wanted board.
Once you’ve taught your routines it’s time to break out the paint. This is a cute video with sound effects and brushes with googly eyes.
Have you found a helpful video that you show in your art class? Do you make your own routine videos? We’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below.
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