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This helpful “Note to Art Teaching Assistants” contains a great clean-up song




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Title – A Note to Teaching Assistants
By – Paula Hrbacek
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – K-4

A Note to the Teaching Assistants: Let’s get off to a good start this year. This is a list of ways you can help me run a great art program.

  1. Be a second pair of hands. Listen to the instructions so that you can help students having problems. Lead by example. Don’t do it for them, but have your own project going so that you can demonstrate or show them what to do.
  2. Be a second pair of eyes. I have daily report forms for good and bad behavior. You can fill them in, too, especially for good behavior. If a child is off task or acting up, make them write their name on the board. If they get three checkmarks after their name, I will be able to adjust their behavior grade easily. If you notice that they didn’t write their name on their paper, remind them about it (top right corner).
  3. Be a second pair of ears. I have a hotel bell and a xylophone to ring when the noise level gets too high. I always seem to be on the opposite side of the room from the bell, so feel free to ring it when it gets too lively.
  4. Give me helpful feedback. I’m open to suggestions. Let me know what you’re doing in other subjects, so that I can tie my projects into the curriculum, and avoid repeating the same project you’ve already done.
  5. Make the students clean up. Here are the art songs for that purpose:

    ( I’ve been working on the railroad )
    I am cleaning up the art room, and putting my things away.
    I am turning in my paper, my markers and my clay.
    Don’t you see the time is passing; we’ve only got a while.
    Write you name upon your paper, and put it in a pile.
    Won’t you pick it up, won’t you pick it up, won’t you put your things away?
    Won’t you pick it up, won’t you pick it up? Art is done today.

    ( Revelry )
    It’s time to pick up, it’s time to pick up, it’s time to pick up the art room.
    It’s time to pick up, it’s time to pick up, it’s time to put things away.
    Write you name on your paper, and put it in the grade box.
    Pick up all your trash, and put your supplies away.

  6. If you know you’re going to be absent, please let me know so that I can adjust my plans and do something simple.

Note from LPP:

      When Paula Hrbacek isn’t writing notes to teaching assistants and teaching art, she is writing award winning and critically acclaimed books –

Stars Shine After Dark

      – a Christian romance novel and for summer/scout/church camp organizers –

Day Camp in Hawaii

      – both books available now at

Barnes & Noble




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