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I can't stand that attitude!!! I'm assuming your teaching High School.
Unfortunately it sounds like the problem may be deeper than you expect. That
"attitude" of JUST ART should not be tolerated! I would not only bring in
the Coach but the Counslors, Principal and parents! High School students
ELECT to take art. I wonder what the reason behind taking your Art class
was? To fool around? NIP THAT IN THE BUD!!!! Let them understand to
graduate they must have so many "credits." To get "credit" for art- they
must pass the class AND RIGHT NOW THEY'RE NOT DOING WELL.
Last year, a few of my middle schoolers gave me that attitude (but didn't
sound as cocky). I made a point to give them some special help and encourage
them in the process. I incorporated discussions about lucrative art careers
throughout my lessons and tossed out some saleries (obtained from Chicago
Tribune want ads). You must validate art as a career -too often people
assume (because of ignorance) that art is trivial, a hobby, something to do
in your spare time when your bored -therefor its not important. At the high
school level, they shouldn't be in your class if they feel that way. We must
do what we can to change that thinking.
I am now at the High School teaching Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & Seminar. :) Our
curriculum states, in order to move up from art 1 to art 2 (and so on),
students must have a B- average. We are "geared" toward careers in art and
college preparation. Thank God for a supportive principal.
After you take care of your immediate problem, re-evaluate the structure
of your curriculum. Maybe its not challenging or serious enough. Then look
at your classroom management.
My thoughts are with you...
Kathy in Kalamazoo
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