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Re: 43 in Art Class....mine are in 6th grade


From: dawn stien (dawnstien_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 17 2002 - 12:24:50 PDT

--- wrote:
All I can
> imagine is 43 high schoolers coming through my door
> on Monday.
> Help!!! Any suggestions?
> Teresa in El Paso

Wow! My third period class has, yes...43 students!
They are all in the 6th grade. I've had them for a 3
days. (actually, to top things off, I was hired a
couple of days after school started)

8 of them are accompanied by a para. They are
physically capable of working, but I haven't received
the modifications for them yet, so I'm not real sure
what's going on with them. On the opposite end I have
a couple of the notorious "trouble makers."

The room can actually accomodate this many students -
I asked the principal if there would be this many
students when I came in (because I have heard tale of
classes in the 30's) and he said no, these
arrangements are supposed to be to facilitate
independent and group activities. (Some of the
responses here have made me quite skeptical)

I'm basically considered a first year teacher (I have
spent most of my teaching carreer in private
institutions) and don't want to make a big ruckus. I
am in an intern program through UH, so it will be
interesting to see what is done before/after I am

I have actually found that the working situation is
roughly the same as the classes that are in the 20's.
I've had to be a little more strict with them to get
through role call - like making them all put
everything down and move 2 feet away from the tables,
so that they can manage not to fidget for a few
minutes...There are a couple of desks that I have had
to move people to if they were having problems. The
thing that bugs me most is the time issue that comes
into play- some I have had little interaction time
with and the time it takes to get to work and to clean

So, I have been interested in the tips that were
shared by others on the list. I'm not sure if I have
any great suggestions to offer, but I have worked in a
multiple level teaching environment before taking this

What are the possibilities of having your Art II and
III students work on projects similar to sudio
courses? I used to give my students work plans
(folders that outlined their work for the week or
month that they were responsible for.) I would give
them new lessons as needed. When I had topics that
involved all students, each level would have different

I can elaborate on specifics more, if you would like
me to, but the crux here seems to be unload a few
somehow. If you can't, I hope you'll stay in contact
over the next couple of weeks - I think mine will
still be on board for a while.

also in the State of Texas


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