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6th grade behaviors
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]David Zimmerman
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 20:50:28 -1000
I've had problems this winter with sixth graders also. I was hired as an
arts resource teacher for 12 weeks to do clay and sculpture with 4th - 6th
grades. The sixth graders, primarily the boys, were totally unmotivated
and disinterested in the art activities. This took me by surprise because
I have worked with this age before. Hence, they disrupted the classroom
and bugged the other students who wanted to work. I sometimes send the
worst offenders outside for a time out, but they don't change the behavior
when they come back in. I punished some of them by suspending them for the
following week from art. They had to do classroom work while the other
kids did art, but the following week, they were back to their old tricks.
I tried stroking them and giving them suggestions individually, but they
just weren't interested in any of the projects. I asked the classroom
teachers to help me with the problem, but they didn't. Now one of them has
called me up to complain about the grades I gave her students for the
fastedy (David Zimmerman)
A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.