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I've been observing a middle school art teacher who
runs her classroom in a way you might traditionally
see in a history, science, or other such non-art
classroom. Evenly spaced tables, lecturing at the
front of the room, and no talking/interaction.
I've noticed that when the assignment is bookwork
related - such as looking through journals for the
names of famous artists - the students have an easier
time abiding by the rules. The room is fairly silent,
and the students don't forget to raise their hands for
When the assignment turns studio, a low murmuring
starts as students start talking about each other's
work and about their day. They also forget to raise
I've got my own theories as to why this is so, but
I'd like to hear what others have to say.