Slideshow: Before...progress...Vision for the coming school year!
I am on a mission this school year to create a flexible, open space that will improve student learning and fun! If your student has ever said the visual art room is cramped or too small, too loud, hard to concentrate, talked about tripping, pinching a finger between two chairs or not fitting in the room - well, they were right. Now those days are now over!
This is possible because my amazing TCEA administration team agreed to rip out the counter taking up massive space in the middle of the room, opening up space in the art room - while doing a bunch of other construction (walls going to the ceiling) that will improve student learning and creativity! In addition, Donors Choose supporters from our TCEA family funded kidney activity tables in only a week, allowing me to move onto Step 2 of this project: Seating! This includes seeking funding funding for the carpets that will allow for movement, classroom management, and flexible, comfortable seating to inspire creativity and imagination. Research shows that students who are able to move and be comfortable learn more and have less behavior issues. These carpets create comfortable workspace for independent projects when combined with easels and drawing boards. They also function as centers and directions for the various age groups I teach, allowing easier transitions and movement throughout the room for centers, small groups, whole-group learning and adapt easily to flipping the art studio for different grade levels. Direct donation through Paypal, using Donor's Choose for the tables/seating, sharing and independent fundraising, attending on-going school fundraisers coming in September, or providing items (used are welcome!) from the lists below are all ways to support this project! Scroll down for lists, links and info.
Video: The power of flexible seating!
Research I'm modifying for the art studio.
How is this funded?
Paid for by School Construction Budget:
Building up walls
Dropping Ceiling & Lights
Removing counter taking up all the space
Paid for by a limited visual art budget first, then replaced through a pending Back to School Fundraiser:
- Replacing outlets due to counter removal ($350)
- Completing floor where counter was ($450)
- Cost of floor tiles and materails ($115)
- IKEA mobile furniture & storage
- Used similar furniture & storage found online and at yard sales and thrift shops.
Note: Replacing this budget will allow me to purchase yearly art supplies, such as oil pastels, paints, markets, papers, ect - things we need yearly that I work hard to budget well with your support.
Paid for through Donors Choose Funds:
Step 1: Kidney Tables - COMPLETE! Thank you!
Step 2: Seating - In process now! Support Here
Step 3: Pending on remaining needs...
Many items from this vision are found on Amazon. This list updated as they are funded through other sources, such as finding them used, at yard sales, donations, and other fundraising. Items include tables that fold up, storage, moving storage carts, mobile activity tables, seating, rugs and more - all that can move and adapt to meets students' needs.
I've launched Donors Choose projects: covering the mobile kidney activity tables as a first step. This was funded in only days by TCEA family and friends! Thank you! Next up - funding seating! Support here through Donors Choose.
Ikea & Yard Sale Shopping!
Items from this vision were purchased on clearance at Ikea in Charlotte, and found at yard sales/used. Initial payments were made from the visual art supply budget, to be replaced with funds raised at the pending Back to School Movie Nights. (Details coming soon!)
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References and Research:
This project is based on:
1) My own assessment of the need for a more functional space to improve student engagement, safety and behavior after 3 years of teaching in this room and 5 years of teaching.
2) On student surveys and feeback that target the room itself as an area for improvement and
3) Research on flexible seating and 21st century classrooms that have a positive impact on student performance.
Links to similar research:
Flexible Learning Environments: https://youtu.be/O_x4OLsfReQ
Flexible Classroom Seating: https://youtu.be/I5p_88Pb_G0
Flexible Classrooms: Making Space for Personalized Learning: https://youtu.be/jQkL5efkViw
Creating Makerspaces in Schools: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-makerspaces-in-schools-mary-beth-hertz
Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work: https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/collaboration-wheels-21st-century-classroom-furniture-work