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Re: [teacherartexchange] all male class in middle school

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 23 2008 - 07:52:24 PDT


I have had all male classes before. I think the key to getting them to slow
down is to build up to it - give them the skills they need to become
successful, and then, once they see that they CAN accomplish the given task
they will put forth more effort. I have noticed it is kind of an art
"maturity" thing - you have to grow into it. Give them high-interest
projects - panty hose sculptures, weaving, stop-motion videos (if you can
scrounge up the equipment - I did my first stop-motion with a class with 2
laptops - one for filming with a webcam, one for putting it together &
refining - class of 20), clay, abstract painting, perspective drawings, etc.
I also have sketchbooks that the students must work in when not working on
their projects. In other words, don't reward them with free time if they
complete a project early. Students always have assignments due in their
sketchbooks, plus I give extra credit points for extra drawings.
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

>> I had a question about my current art elective contains all boys (10 of
>> them) . It seems they are rapidly working(finishing their project too
>> fast) . Any ideas how to get them to slow down or if anyone else had
>> this situation before. They are very immature and hard to get them to
>> focus.

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