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I've had a very bad day, and need moral support. I teach in a K-12
school, as the only art teacher. Our high school principal was
previously a coach and is still thought of as one, by the students. In
other words, discipline is at a loss.
Recently, my senior students, have decided that it is not important to
come to class. Art is not important in their eyes. They are graduating
in 5 weeks. They just want out. Also Prom is tomorrow.
On top of all of this, our newly elected superintendent, believes in
this philosophy called "Choice Theory", where students choose whether or
not to do something. We as teachers are supposed to help the students
choose the right thing to do, like come to class. I was told that I
need to make Art stimulating enough that, they will want to come. Our
school has no attendance policy. None of the teachers can figure out
why. We are in the process of seeing the school board about it.
In the mean time, how can I make Art more "Stimulating"? I thought I
was doing a wonderful job. Most of the kids love my class. I was also
nominated Art teacher of the County two years ago.
I'm very frustrated and have no one else to talk to about this. I just
want to get through the year with this one class. How do others of you
handle Seniors, who don't need the credit to graduate?
I APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE IF IV'E PUT YOU IN A BAD MOOD!