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Re: Art class discipline

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Tue, 14 Apr 1998 01:33:50 -0700 (PDT)

I'm a new teacher, (3 years,) but I'm not young, (40 years,) so I won't pretend to have all of the answers. The description of your classroom sounds very familiar. My first year teaching was a real lesson in control for me. It was very common for me to be yelling and screaming at my class when ever I felt a loss of control. When I would finally take some sort of action, they would get angry and begin to act out even more, which I would then again responded too. To make this long story less long, one day, with nostrils flaring and forehead veins bulging, the target of my attention looked up at me, cocked his thumb and pointed his finger like a gun and said, "Gotch ya." That was the last time I lost my temper like that in my class. I do get frustrated and angry at my students. It would be a lie to say otherwise. My students will tell you that I do yell a great deal, but seldom do I yell in anger. I just like to hear myself yell sometimes. I spent 10 long years working at a job which I despised. I was an angry individual and I let everyone around me know it. I quit that job and started teaching art. Today I can say that I love what I do for a living. I truely enjoy my students and my work. I still have some of the same problems but I handle them in a different way. I am quick (very quick,) to point out the offense and the consequenses, usually from accross the room, so that everyone knows what is happening.
I follow through with any threats or promises faithfully and with little emotion. My intention is to maintain control in my classroom, not disrespect my students. I enlist the help of parents, gardians, any family members and administration, if at all possible.
I have found my most effective classroom management tools are three things, humor, caring, and respect. I laugh as much as I can during the day. I let the students know that there is no place that I would rather be than right there in the middle of that classroom. I let them know that I like them and that I care and that I am willing to listen to them. I try to greet each student as they enter my classroom. I also let them know that I have a great amount of respect for them as individuals. I'm not so sure that I would do as good a job of coping with the challanges and stress that young people have to deal with today.
As for those burnt-out teachers, smile and suggest a career change. If your job is like mine, you don't have the time for a negative thought. If they don't have something of value to offer you, move on without them. You're not there to listen to their pittiful crap. I don't even eat lunch in the teacher's lounge. There is way too much complaining and griping going on. Take time for youself. Listen to music, catch up on some lite reading or have lunch with your students.
I wish you joy and happiness in your work. It is truely a wonderful profession to be a teacher. You sound as though you really care. I hope this helps. Good luck and let me know how everything works out.

Rob Morey
Modesto High School
Modesto, CA.