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A research paper could include interviews with many art teachers in
elementary schools that teach large classes with main streamed EH, SL, and ADD
students. Large classes of fifth and fourth graders (classes of 32 and above),
I find hard to teach because of the wide disparity of intelligence. I'd be
happy to read any reports that discuss progressive and positive methods of
teaching in large art classes.
Some questions to consider for an interview?
How do you accommodate an SL student that takes three times as long to
complete an art project as the average elem. school student?
What special discipline do you use for an EH student that constantly tries to
take control of the class?
How do accommodate for ADD students who are medicated, but still are
constantly distracted during the art period?
How does one teach in a very chatty, social class of 32? There's no violence,
but the lesson never goes smoothly, because of the constant talking?
How does one teach in a very pushy class? This means that when they come in,
you can feel the tidal wave! They even fight over who distributes the art
papers from last week?
Our county has very large classes of fourth and fifth graders in art. I'm
anxious for any common remedies that we can all learn from.