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Lesson Plans


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Thu, 5 Aug 1999 02:13:41 EDT

In one of my observations I witnessed a middle school teacher who had all of
her desks arranged in neat rows. I don't personally approve of this - I
don't think art is a subject we need to be keeping kids quiet and stationary
in. However, if discipline is a major problem in your class, she was
getting fairly good discipline results....

Thanks to those who have answered my request for ideas so far. However I'll
try not to be defensive but clarify my position. I believe that my lesson
plans are good and that my first two years have been quite successful.
Discipline is a problem in general in my school and I have incorporated many
of the suggestions already although I will try some of the other suggestions
too. As far as bathroom passes, I use a system that is quite successful in
my beginning studio class. In my advance classes it doesn't seem to be a
problem. Each sememster I give the students an artistic bathroom pass sheet
of paper with 4 numbers on it. They are allowed 4 passes to the bathroom
with no questions asked. (tear off the cornered numbers) However if they
hand the pass back to me at the end of the marking period unused, a 100 is
averaged in with their other grades. Some teachers raise a grade from a B to
an A. Whatever works for you. The students hardly go to the bathroom as a
result and if they do they space it out so they don't use more than four.
Thanks again for the thoughtful ideas.....I love this chatroom.

Eileen from NY

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