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Re: [teacherartexchange] Advice Please...rowdy kids


Date: Tue Aug 16 2005 - 20:53:48 PDT

Stacie - Hang in there! The greatest discipline tool that I have is my
seating chart. I never assume that any of my middle school classes are
disciplined enough to choose their own seats! On the second day of class, I have my
seating chart ready. I tell them that it is my job as their teacher to choose
a seat for them where they can do their best work. It also lets them know
right off the bat that I am in charge. I continue to make changes in the
seating chart until I find a mix that works. If discipline seems to get out of
control, I scramble the seating chart. They hate changes!! My isolation
desks are called "private art lessons". A student may choose to work there, or I
 may choose for them to spend a few days in private art lessons until they
can be placed back in a group. Sometimes making an example out of someone and
moving them to isolation lets them know again that you are in control.
Don't ever worry that your kids may not like you. Respecting you is much
more important. And as you lead them through the exciting lessons that you
have planned for them the rest will follow! They need to understand that the
type of lessons that you plan is in direct relation to the behavior of the
class. The positive reward for the well behaved class will be exciting
adventures in paint, clay, sculpture and more!
Carolyn in VA

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