SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2019

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pressure of so much space. Not that there isn't pressure being on a cart. You must leave the room clean for the classroom teacher. You must finish your lesson in time to roll off to your next class. You must never forget anything in your supply closet. You must always prep enough materi- als. You must always keep your cart clean and organized. Messy classroom E very year, I drool over photos of vibrant, organized artrooms on all of my favorite blogs, my Pinterest boards—even the pages of this very magazine! Alas, I'm one of many art teachers without a room, who teach from a cart. In fact, I've never had a classroom, though I've taught for ten years. If I finally had four walls to call my own, I would collapse under the Life on the Road, Art on a Cart Bonnie Greene M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M or closet? Fine. Messy cart? Never. I have adapted to my miniature classroom, 21 x 28 x 38", to be exact. From this tiny world, the imagina- tions of more than 500 students are brought to life. The Top Shelf The cart itself is the remnants of a wooden cart abandoned in the gym of my school. I transformed it with 6" (15 cm) swivel casters to handle thresholds and carpets. It rides like a dream and turns on a dime. I also have a small drying rack on wheels that is pushed by a student helper when it is needed. My cart contains everything I need and nothing I don't. The top shelf is split into two sections. One side is set up with my equipment and teaching materials. I have an LCD projector stacked on top of a $29 DVD player. A cheap breakfast tray nests on top of this to create a second level. Here sits my document camera, laptop, and a small set of Bluetooth speakers. I find this equipment saves time in the classroom. I can park my cart in front of the classroom's whiteboard and project images from my computer. On the side of the cart is a collaps - ible shelf for use with the document camera. We can watch video clips, do smartboard activities, or even lis - ten to music while we are working. I keep a small box with color-coded file folders for each grade level. These hold books or handouts, as well as some free-draw paper and coloring activities, because you never know. The other side holds supplies we use every day: pencils, markers, erasers, scissors, glue, and crayons. I keep eight to ten sets of most supplies in baskets and tubs. This allows me to spread them around the room no matter how the classroom is set up. On the handle bar of this shelf hang sketchbooks for each class for that day. Every student I have found that the cart does not limit our possibilities; it is a challenge that I enjo . CONTINUED ON PAGE 41. 12 SUMMER 2019 SchoolArts

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