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RE: "Welcome to the social plague of the 20-21st centuries."
It all relates to "discontinuity." The physical classroom environment, =
curriculum content, and structure can either attract or distract =
students. Playing classical music (even over student objection)) tends =
to soothe wild animals. Too much visual clutter contributes to the =
general cacophony. Poorly maintained, stored equipment and =
supplies,often contributes to student agitation and unrest.
CHECK LIST FOR SURVIVAL:
Devise and enforce a "MATERIAL CONTROL SYSTEM" at the outset.
Allow NO TALKING while students work. Incessant chatter disrupts =
Start with short assignments that can be completed within one period, =
and set time limits.
Encourage students to work quickly and efficiently. No dawdling!
During "flat work" assignments, have students pin up work immediately =
Get students used to rendering many exercises - not just one.
When one segment is completed, expect students to go on to another.
This requires daily follow-up, and follow-through. Make continuous =
rounds during a lesson. One cannot conduct visual arts from a desk =
position. Being too casual or too lenient with student behavior opens =
the door to disrespect and civil disobedience. Teachers who dress and =
talk as their students, often find little respect when conflicts arise. =
Remember, these are immature creatures. Their value systems are
developing. They need healthy models of instruction, and a physical =
environment that is conducive to learning.
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