Management Plan

Room Ambiance: A big part of my future classroom involves how the students feel when entering the classroom.  The students do their learning in this environment and it is my job to provide an environment to promote learning. Natural light is a big part of my classroom and when natural light does not provide enough I would rely on lamps and string lights to provide a less harsh alternative to the fluorescent lighting. Music would be a significant part of my classroom it would be a quiet background noise during work time because music promotes creativity and focus. I would have a relaxed atmosphere that would focus on as little distractions as possible to allow as much learning as possible. Any supplies that students need will be in the classroom utilizing a check out system so that students are never hindered on their learning because they forget something.

Room Layout: I would like to work areas large enough for artists to work while still being in close proximity to other students to support collaboration. I would need a larger table in the back of the room for larger work like mounting art work and critiques. In the front of the classroom would be my desk and large whiteboard that had daily objectives and homework for each class. In the room would also be a bulletin board housing features of the current unit including resources, vocabulary, past student work, and famous artist work. Also in the room would be a bulletin board showcasing current student work. In the front of the room would be a table for managing papers. In the back would be art supply storage as well as a reading and resource area. The ideal arrangement would be as follows:


Managing Papers: In the front of the classroom there would be stackable black trays enough for each class that I have- they would be labeled appropriately- period one, two, three, etc. Each individual class would have a tray would be an “inbox” for any work that needed to be turned in that day including homework and in class work. This would also be the home for any comments that students have that they maybe don’t have time to talk to me directly about. There would be one tray on the bottom that would be for any late work that needs to be turned in. Right next to these trays would be an absent work bin labeled for each class (ex. Period 1-Absent Work). If a student is absent I would write their name on the handouts from that class period and place it in the absent work bin with different dividers for each class. In the back of that same bin there would be extra handouts labeled by class period and extra handouts (ex. Period 1-Extra Handouts). In my classroom I would strive to teach students responsibility, problem solving, and take control of their learning. To keep myself organized I will have a bin of work under my desk that has different tabs for each class and for each class I would have an inbox, outbox, and late work color coded to help maintain my own sanity (inbox-red, outbox-green, late work-yellow) and at the end of the day I would move all the work from the trays to this bin for easy transport if I need to take work home to grade.

Classroom Routine: Each day the students would come in and see a warm up or inspiration projected on the board. These warm ups will be done in their sketchbook. This would set the tone of the day and provide an insight to what’s to come. Each day objectives, homework, and plan of the day would be on the board at the front of the classroom. Each day- even on work days- will begin with a whole group check in. Bi weekly there will be an assessment activity done in their sketchbooks or as a ticket out the door and once a week will be an either an in progress or final critique depending on where they are at in a project. Talking about their art work and analyzing other art is crucial and regular practice promotes this. I would have a routine that had these few things that remained consistent through the year but what is done in between these would change with the students’ needs and the content being taught.


A Sample of A Cover Letter for my Future Classroom

Art Class Syllabus

Ms. Sather

Thompson Valley High School





Course Description

AP Photography is a fast paced college level course that requires you put in a significant level of effort in and out of the class. It is a college level course that focuses on the chance for you to refine your craft and find your artistic voice. You will be challenged by the pace and the expectations that go along with this class but I will be here to assist you and push you along.


Materials Needed

You will need a sketchbook- this plays a significant role in your ideation through the semester. A 3-Ring Binder will also be necessary to house handouts and any other papers for this class. You are responsible for providing your camera at this level because ideally you will be continuing with photography after this class is over and having a camera is vital for this(unless you have previously talked to me). We have a limited supply of check out cameras that is reserved for beginning level students who do not have access. All other materials will be supplied in the classroom.


Rules and Expectations

There is one rule in this classroom: You can do anything you need to do as long as it does not cause a problem for yourself or others. If you hesitate when determining if it’s breaking the rule it’s probably breaking it. Work hard, have fun, this is your chance to find your artistic voice.

Homework, Projects, And Other Assignments

This class focuses on the creation of a solid body of work to submit to your AP portfolio at the end of the year. The first half of the year is the Breadth and the second is your Concentration. Breadth is designed to show how versatile you are as an artist while Concentration shows how in depth you can get with your work. Creating this portfolio is 60% of your final grade

In addition to this you will have:

10% Participation- This is reliant on critiques, class discussions, and individual assessment activities throughout the semester

15% Research Projects, Gallery Critiques and Other Homework

15% Sketchbook Assignments


Any portfolio pieces will have the chance to be resubmitted for a chance to improve your grade.


Late Work

You are expected to turn things in on time- if it is not turned in on time you have one week to get it in for one grade letter off. Turn it in to the late work bin at the front of the room.



Tardies do not just hurt you- they hurt the whole class. Remember each class begins with a group check in and your voice is valuable. Just don’t be late.

Anything you miss while absent will be in the make up work bin at the front of the room with your name on it. Also check with a classmate for any notes missed. Excessive absences will harm your growth as an artist- class is vital for learning. What we do each day cannot be made up outside of class easily.



60% Portfolio Pieces

10% Participation

15% Research Projects, Gallery Critiques and Other Homework

15% Sketchbook Assignments



Supplies, books, etc. can be checked out through me- bring what you want to check out to me and you can check it out in the check out binder.

Any graded papers/projects will be in your student folder in the back of the room

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