Author: dcdavis4

Blog Post 6

I feel as if mental health is a subject many people shy away from. Mental health is very prevalent in the world to day and everybody is still scared to talk about it. I think a lot of people have struggled with mental health issues. Some people made it past their issues and some did not. I think if more people were to talk about mental issue, more people would be inclined to receive help. I see a lot of people making fun of people going through mental issues and I don’t find this subject funny at all. You never know what a person is actually dealing with and they are trying to keep it together. When they go the route of ending their life, I feel as if they had no more hope.

Blog Post 7


Classroom Management Plan

Dymonds Davis

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06 December 2018







Table of Contents



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Preparation before the School Year starts………………………………………………3-4



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Safety and legal requirements……………………………………………………………5-6


Working with administration and parents…………………………………………………6


Planning and Instruction………………………………………………………………….7

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Student Diversity (Cultural and Special Needs).………………………………………7-8











Classroom management in art classrooms are just as important as other subject areas. Student’s success is heightened when classrooms are adequately managed. According to the Educational Leadership “classroom management is a collection of techniques that teachers use to encourage effective learning by minimizing distractions and disruptions’. (2018) Classroom management is a vigorous tool if it used correctly. According to the Educational Leadership journal, “Effective classroom management systems are effective because they increase student success by creating an orderly learning environment that enhances students’ academic skills and competencies, as well as their social and emotional development’. (Smith, 2014) It is also important to create daily routines and build trust and rapport with students.

Preparation before the School Year starts

                  Organization is one of the major keys to classroom management in the art classroom. Before students return to school, teachers should organize all materials and supplies. Supplies that are no longer useful, should be donated or thrown away. Students and teachers should be able to easily retrieve art supplies and materials. Art supplies should be stored in a designated area and should always be returned to the proper areas at the end of each class. Teachers should prepare a back-to-school checklist to make sure they have all the materials and supplies required. Teachers should also review the first week’s lesson plans arrange the classroom furniture.





Routines, policies, procedures, and rules follow us throughout our entire life. All rules should be disclosed at the beginning of school. Rules should also be posted as a reminder to all students. Frequent review of the rules should highly be considered. High energy and creativity can possibly pose a problem in the art classroom and frequent review of the rules can help keep those problems at a minimum. Routines are hugely significant in effective classroom management. All routines should be established at the beginning of the school year, so all students will know what to do upon entrance into the classroom. A few weeks into schools’ students should be successfully start working on designated projects. Students should know where all supplies are located, for the most part. Daily routines are important and should be followed. Routines should become second nature to students.










Safety and Legal Requirements

                  Safety in the art classroom is extremely important. Safety guidelines should precede every lesson and proper use of safety equipment should be demonstrated prior to use. Safety equipment should also be clean and easily accessible to students and teachers. Sometimes dangers in the art classroom can be overlooked since they may not be as apparent as other classrooms. Here are a couple of ways art teachers can keep classrooms safe:

  1. Make sure each student knows the rules of safety and follows them.
  2. Only use materials that are safe for students to use and make sure to read the labels.
  3. Hang decorative safety signs around the classroom to remind everyone to follow the rules.

Teacher supervision while students are working with toxic materials or hazardous equipment is important. At no point should teachers not be supervising students while operating hazardous equipment. Art safety in the classroom should be aligned with the guidelines from the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), which the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has adopted in the current Art Curriculum.

Working with administration and parents

                  Teachers working with administrators and parents is very vital. The more teachers collaborate with parents there is less of chance for behavioral issues. If students know parents and teachers communicatined often they would probably be more reluctant to act out. Communication between teachers and parents should not just be a negative situation. Teachers should also report to parents when students are doing what they are supposed to be doing or going above and beyond. Collaboration with administrators is important as well. When teachers work together to support students, students display a positive attitude. Students want to know teachers, administrators, and parents are supporting them.

Planning and Instruction

Planning lessons are an important step in classroom management, especially in the art room. Supplies and materials should be prepped beforehand, so teachers are not searching for things last minute. If possible, teachers should try and collaborate with other teachers in similar content areas. Successful teachers are always learning new material. When planning lessons, teachers should think about strategies, timing, materials, and success. According to Art Education, “Good lesson planning is essential to the process of teaching and learning materials’. (Marschalek, 2004) For art teachers, the instructions are given at the beginning of the class. Many times, these instructions can include demonstrations or instructional videos. Students may also need one on one help on specific projects.

Student Diversity (Cultural and Special Needs)

                  Fairbanks is a military town, so there is a variety of different culture and special needs students. Creating lesson plans for diverse cultures and special needs can be a challenge sometimes. For students with Individual Education plans (IEP), lessons plans could be extremely hard. Teachers must make sure special needs students are able to complete assignments. Sometimes lesson plans can take a little extra planning. Teachers sometimes must find ways to differentiate lessons for special needs students. They may have to find different equipment or materials for special education students. Teachers may also have to allow special needs students more time to complete assignments. Art can help expose students to the way art is created in different cultures. Many students are only familiar with the way it is done in their culture. A lot of students are not aware of the many different cultures. Teachers should try to choose lessons that are conducive to several different cultures.


                  Quality classroom management is essential in all subjects. Classes run smoother when they are properly managed. Creating routines help students be successful. Daily routines should be established at the beginning of the school year. Students will most likely follow these daily routines if they are properly rendered every day. Organization can also help with time management. Students should be able to easily locate supplies to complete assignments. Planning is also a huge part of adequate classroom management. Understanding student diversity, culturally and special needs, is also essential to great classroom management.


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Blog Post 5

At the beginning of the class students split into two groups and everyone says there goal for the day out loud. The teacher listed several things to do and students said which goal they would be completing that day. During the lesson students were all working on different projects. So instead of making all of the students do one thing the teacher had stations set up for students to choose which project they would like to do. I seen the teacher assisting several students with their projects. At the end of the lesson students did their daily goal survey and the teacher had the students watch a short youtube video.  One strategy I would use in my classroom is watching a short youtube video at the end of class. Instead of having all the students pile up at the door because it is time to go.

Blog Post 4

I think the learned the most from the article “what I wish my professors had told me”. I took away something from each section. I liked that the article started with know that loving kids is not enough. If I was asked for advice about becoming a teacher I would direct them to this article before answering any of their questions. People need to know the truth about teaching before they embark on a teaching career. You get paid a modest amount of money to be a mom, nurse, custodian, cheerleader and counselor. Teachers should be prepared to wear many hats regardless if you want to or not. Students see teachers more than they see their own families. I was so worried about having  perfect lesson plans, but my mentor teacher dismissed that notion quickly. I’ve seen my mentor teacher not have her lesson plans not all the way completed, but she still had a successful day in class. I think lesson plans is something teachers will be working at for the rest of their career. I think my mentor teacher does a great job of putting students before the content. I think this is wonderful advice.  Teachers have to realize some students isn’t going to love your content as much as you do. And last but not least don’t give up. I believe there will be days where you want to throw in the towel, but remember why you chose to become a teacher in the beginning. I will use these simple principles along with actually caring to create a safe and engaging environment for all students.

Blog Post 3

I think personalized learning could be a great tool, but I see a lot of people using it as a one size fits all thing and that doesn’t work for all students. I think each student should have there on personalized learning style. I think for personalized learning educators need to address the specific learning needs of that particular student. My home school is trying to do personalized learning and I am not sure that it is so successful. Some students could be given extra time to complete projects, but they may not need extra time. Sometimes I see these students finish their work before other students. Many teachers try to make that  a standard for everyone when everyone doesn’t particularly need that. If educators were to used it in the way it is intended then I think I would be a great ideal. It is created to help students with their specific learning needs. Students could also join groups of other students who need in the same area.


Blog Post 2

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and it is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals who were brought to the United states illegally as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for work permit in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or misdemeanors on their records. Unlike the Dream Act, DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients, known as Dreamers.


I first learned about DACA in a previous education class. I thought it was a good idea when I first learned about it. Immigrants should have the opportunity to remain here if they have been here their entire lives. They were brought here by their parents and as long as they are not committing crimes and obtaining their high school diplomas I don’t understand why their would be a problem. This programs protects against individuals  with felonies or misdemeanors. As long as they are following the laws they should be allowed to stay. It’s not fair for them to call somewhere their homes for years then when they become adults they are forcibly removed.

Dymonds’ Introduction

My name is Dymonds Davis and I am from Houston, Texas. The Army brought my husband, 2 sons and I to Fairbanks, Alaska two years ago. In my free time I enjoy reading, online shopping, and spending quality time with my family.


I took this class beause it is a part of my degree plan (lol) and to learn a few tricks about classroom management. My educational goal is to find an art teacher position in a middle school as soon as I graduate from school. Shortly after that I plan to return to school to recieve my masters in counseling.


I think I underestimated the education program because there are several entities that go into becoming a teacher. With that being said, I am enjoying my student teaching experience and I have realized that I am making the right decision becoming a teacher. Hopefully the rest of my education program goes smoothly!