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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: August 08, 2008


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 09 2008 - 09:13:08 PDT

I don't let my students leave the room until it is cleaned up. I don't care
if another class is standing outside the door. I don't care if my entire
class is late to their next class or miss the bus or whatever. They made the
mess, they are responsible. Don't accept their apathy. If they don't recycle
their clay they don't have clay to work with, thus they fail the class. If
tools are left out I clean them and lock them up. If they don't have tools
to work with that is not my problem. When they get down to using their own
pencils as tools because that is all that is left they'll get the message. I
call it tough love, and it works. I used to drive myself crazy trying to
keep the room clean. Not anymore. Another thing I do is I issue a baggie of
tools to each student. If they lose them there is a $$ amount posted on the
wall. Students are responsible for them and at the end of the semester they
must pay to replace any lost items. THIS have been the best way I have found
to deal with the tools. Students who like their tools nice & clean will take
immaculate care of them. Students who don't want to be bothered fork over
the money at the end of the semester. Oh, and if they leave their tools out
I clean them up & put them back in the storage closet - students now have to
pay for replacement. It doesn't work if you clean the tool & return it to
them. Make them responsible.

On the flip side, you always have one or two students who will step up and
clean up after others because it is the right thing to do. I ALWAYS give
these kiddos Mona Bucks, which may be redeemed on certain days for candy or
extra credit. Handing that little slip of paper sure makes those kids feel
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

> Hi all. I've been teaching art at the high school level for a few years
> now and am looking for ideas for my clay class. It's an introductory level
> class. I'm looking for suggestions on how to get students to pitch in and
> be responsible for clay cleanup. We have a recycled clay bin, which nobody
> ever wants to mix. Nobody ever wants to load the plaster trough with wet
> recycled clay. Clay tools are haphazardly cleaned and left wherever. How
> do others make kids accountable for those types of jobs without constantly
> nagging? I've tried making a poster to keep track of who does what. I've
> told them that studio maintenance is worth 25% of their grade. They just
> don't take it seriously and then are shocked when their grades aren't
> great. Any suggestions? I'd love to look at any rubrics or other
> ideas!Terry

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