Hello again. As a mentioned last month I teach a split grade and I usually teach my students for 2-3 years in a row. This makes coming up with new art ideas a little tricky, especially around the holidays. Thanks to Pinterest I am able to find new ideas (and pin them!!) but I needed a way to organize and keep track of the art lessons I taught, when I taught it them and what I used.
This and a Pinterest board were my old system, a few file folders with samples and checklists and templates all shoved together – ugh!
I decided to do two things to organize my art lessons.
First I bought a file folder organizer. I labelled the tabs with the months of the school year (since a lot of my art is based on upcoming holidays and seasons). Next I labelled a few of the sections with the major curriculum expectations I cover.
When we complete an art activity I take one picture of a student sample and one of the bulletin board, give the art a title and record the date. I print off the page and put it in the folder.
While I enjoy having many ideas stored on Pinterest I love having a hard copy to look through when planning. I also like having a copy of the bulletin board – saves time in trying to re-invent the wheel every time or gives me a starting point to change up or improve what we did the last time.
The second thing I did was create an art folder on my computer. Within that folder I made folders for each month and the major concepts that I teach. I also have the blank art form that I start each file with.
Within the monthly/curriculum file I include the art form that I filled out, any templates I need, the picture of a sample and bulletin board, the checklist I used for the students and the bulletin board as well as a picture of the checklist the students and I co-created. Here is what the file looks like for our Pumpkin Town Art.
I hope some of these ideas help you stay organized this year too. I love sharing my art ideas and would love you to stop by my blog some time. You can find me at Looking From Third to Fourth.