After my son returned from his trip to South Africa and I saw his amazing safari photos, I decided to use the wild animals as sort of a vague theme. And then I saw a couple of other blogs using similar themes, so I have to say thanks to both Mr. E at http://artwithmre.blogspot.com/ for Let Your Imagination Run Wild and Becca Ruth at http://ms-artteacher.blogspot.com/ for Wild About Art. While I'm in thank you mode - I want to thank my wonderful blogger-friend Amy at http://artfulartsyamy.blogspot.com/ for some help she's given me on a project we both grudgingly do for our school's parent organizations. THANK YOU.
Anyhow, back to my bulletin boards: There's a class reward chart, and on the right is my vocab. space ("word wall") which I have left empty for the moment. It will fill and change all year.
Above is a close-up of my rules and my door. Note my very 1st (and therefore most important!) rule: NO WHINING! For many years, my students have known that there is no toleration for complaining in my happy art room. Last year, at my initiation, many of us (teachers and students) participated in A Complaint Free World's challenge to go 21 days without complaining, by wearing a purple bracelet and switching wrists when we caught ourselves complaining. It was a real attitude-changer. Check it out at http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/.
My 6th graders are caught in a strange nether-land between elementary and middle school - they are sort of a part of both, coming to the elementary art room but graded as a middle-schooler. Hence their own little "zone" to explain how they are graded. I'll explain about the passports in a couple of weeks, once school has begun and we've actually done this mini-project that I use for grading.
And the other poster above, not yet hung, is my crazy, wacko schedule. We are on a 6-day cycle, which works really great once you are used to it. We've done it for years. Do you use this sort of schedule too?
The "Red, Yellow, Blue" thing is a call/response I use to get kids' attention. I say the first line, the kids respond with "I hear you". So easy but it works.
My Artist of the Month bulletin board is a play where I showcase a famous artist that I am using as motivation for some lessons that month. I do not repeat the same ones every year. This year I have planned Matisse (my fave), Dali & Magritte (they'll share a month this winter), and a bunch more. Not sure yet who I'm putting up first....