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I had a great weekend away. The last hurrah for the summer. Now it is really
down to business. I had several e-mail questions on the scavenger hunt
icebreaker. Jill asked, when I talk about rules in class. I try to take care
of the "Code of Conduct in Art Class " contract at the beginning of the second
week. By this time everyone has landed that is in flux from add and
drop-o-rama. The rules can be heard by all. I choose someone to read each one
from their ditto. Students write each rule on lined paper. I have students
demonstrate correct behavior and with some I even demonstrate incorrect
behavior vs. correct behavior. I am very clear on this matter. I get their
signature at the bottom of the conduct ditto. They keep their copy on the
first page of their binder. I collect the ditto copy and file them to re-visit
at semester if necessary. Every once in a while I will get a smarty pants that
asks what will happen if he/she refuses to sign the code of conduct. I very
calmly make out a pass to the office and give it to them with the reply, "Then
go find yourself another class my friend." These signed forms are great for
parent teacher conferences or if a kid tells you 6 weeks into the school year
he/she did not know it was wrong conduct to throw clay in class. I have even
sent a copy home on a few occasions. We have "five steps and your out" program
at our school. In 9 years I have had to remove two students for behavior problems.
MaryB has a cool way of doing the scavenger hunt on a chart.I like that
because the key is you want to encourage the kids to talk to each other, not
just walk up and ask someone to sign one. You kind of have to mingle here and
get involved to make sure this happens.
Sidnie asked about the shy kids and how to get them involved. If you make a
rule of one person can only sign up for two things it forces the kids to find
others that can fill some areas on the sheet. Example: Shy Jane is sitting
there avoiding eye contact with anyone along comes outgoing John. He asks
Jane if she has any weird pets and she meekly answers yes. John then directs
others to Jane telling them she has a pet lama name Zek. This gives shy Jane a
neat-o way to get instant inquires about her cool pet.Soon others are telling
Jane they have similar experiences with wierd pets....
A very experienced wonderful teacher taught me to address the "What you have
been doing all summer?" issue and get it over with, before even trying to
teach anything. It is going to burst out sometime and it is all they have on
their minds....so use it to your benifit.
I hope that answered everyone's questions. If you want a copy of this sheet I
would be happy to e-mail it to you.Thanks Mary B for the add-on idea. I love