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My middle school students seem to change more from day to day than
elementary students (but that may just be because I see them more often).
I can have a class that is less than great one day, and the next time I see
them, they are on task and working hard. They are fun to watch -- acting
all grown up one day, and back to being kids the next.
I have to say that the level of behavior throughout the whole school is
really quite good, which I'm sure makes a difference. I still have
students who need assistance at staying on task, put down other students,
or who talk too loudly, and I may find a few balls of kneaded erasers or
clay that have been tossed when I'm not looking... I find that I prefer
that kind annoying adolescent behavior to the amount of time I spent
"waitressing" (i.e. assisting in changing paint water) in the lower grades.
Falmouth Middle School
> From: Smurthwaite <smrthwt>
> To: artsednet
> Subject: Middle School or Elem?
> Date: Friday, April 18, 1997 6:41 PM
> I have the opportunity to move from Elem. Art to Middle School art next
> year (specifically 8th grade). I love Elem. but would consider the
> change for experience (I might love it).
> I would love to hear from anyone who has taught both. I'm listing
> the pros and cons. Thanks.
> Kelly in CT.
> p.s. I have middle school kids myself so I'm not ignorant.
> What say you??????????????????????????????????