Manage Your Class with a Custom Spinner

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Art JobsIf you’re looking to change up your classroom management or share curricular content differently, a digital spinner is a fun option.  Decide Now is a simple, but useful app that lets you create any spin wheel template.  Here are a few ways that I use it in my classroom:

  • Art Trivia.  Have a few minutes left in class?  Spin the art trivia wheel and share a few fun facts about art.
  • Shape Selector.  A fun project I do with my second graders is a lesson on abstract non-objective design.  Simply spin the wheel of shapes and the students create that shape on their paper.  How each student interprets that shape (size, location) is up to them.
  • Classroom Jobs. When assigning clean up jobs – sometimes it is just easer (and more motivating) for kids to take a spin at the wheel and see what job they get to do. I might have multiple kids picking up scraps off the floor or organizing marker trays – but that doesn’t feel like a real problem.
  • Line up order.  So everyone doesn’t rush to the door at once I will often call kids to get in line by a color they are wearing or birthday month.  Spinning the wheel just adds a little extra element of fun.
  • Art Game Board. Have your students create their own art game board related to curricular content and then a customized spinner to go with it!
Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!

4 Comments

  • January 2, 2014

    Beth Carter

    Thank you!!!

  • February 24, 2014

    Jessica Balsley

    The new look of the site is great! Congrats!

  • March 28, 2014

    James Harlan

    If I’m part of a class who uses custom wheel spinner, I’d be happy to be in the classroom. I will be one of the inspired students.

    And because of that, I’m gonna say thank you to Theresa.

  • March 29, 2014

    Jessica Sells

    This is such a great idea! I taught 6th grade art for years and this would have definitely been a big help with classroom management. I love the fact that this app can be for the kids to use as well as the teacher. Wonderful find! :)

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