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Re: Re: Establishing discipline in the artroom

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Wed, 4 Aug 1999 12:08:49 EDT

Classroom discipline is such an individual circumstance. What works for one
may not work for another. (The thought of "nice straight rows" makes me gasp!
However if it worked for that teacher, I will not judge her actions.)
I work with the end all and be all of terrible behavior. I teach K-12
severely emotionally disturbed students. Yet after the second week of school,
the art room hums with creativity and very little disruption. This is amazing
to me considering these kids will hit you over the head with a chair for the
fun of it! If I have to take a day off, I come back to an art room that is
orderly and neat. I don't even have any "They did this or that notes" from
the substitute.
What is my secret??
It is a combination of things. I have a very firm, yet fun personality. I
give the kids my EXPECTATIONS and they give me theirs. I set up a very
specific ROUTINE. The students know exactly what to do when they come in the
door. Once they learn the routine, I hardly have to say a word to them and it
is amazing to see even the little ones being responsible for doing what needs
to get done to prepare for their work! As far as discipline, I am oh so
CONSISTENT. If something is inappropriate, I mercilessly give the same
consequence to the offender. The students know this and it "gets around". In
the famous words of one of my little elementary students as he warned a new
student in the class: "Be careful! Ms. R. don't play!". It is to the point
now that I only have to give the "LOOK". This works for me even with high
school students. However, it is important to COMMUNICATE with the students in
good times and bad. Talk to them, get to know them and they will try harder
to behave in a way that will be respectful to themselves, the other students
and you, the teacher. Also, have a sense of HUMOR even in times of peril! (It
also helps to have a supportive administration, but this is very hard to
control. Therefore, develop your own plan of action that is loving and