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Lesson Plans


AT WITS END!

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Bob Beeching (robprod)
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 17:38:11 -0700


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re: "May I ask you specific questions? This=20
stuff happens in my class. The kids talk and whisper when I talk. I =
stop=20
and give them looks This breaks up time--a real time waster...Do I send =
them
out of class all of the time? (This NEVER works--they LOVE that =
attention, of course).
I am just at wit's end. HELP!

Dear Wits end,

Consider these factors first:

01. You are dealing, primarily, with non-academic students who display =
the interest span of a
gnat's eyelash.

02. They are immersed in a "hip hop" culture of verbiage, dress, and =
music. They know or care
little for anything else. School is one big bore. They can hardly =
wait for lunch, and the last
bell of the school day so they can trot down to the mall.

03. What they lack is enterprise! Devise a plan with the administration =
and studentbody officers to
contract for all school functions that require decoration, i.e. =
dances, plays, sporting events, =20
banquettes, and rallies for 10% of the door take. Open a school =
bank account.Go under the
name of VISUAL ARTS SERVICE CLUB.

04. The resulting curriculum will incorporate, drawing, painting, and =
construction skills - WITH A
CONCRETE PURPOSE and OBJECTIVE. The monies accumulated from these =
events
will be enormous enough to take the art service club on weekend =
field trips. The word
will spread, and then you will be off and running. The various =
classes, clubs, and particularly the
athletic department, will adore you for taking on the =
responsibilities of screening posters,designing
and producing invitations, stage and television sets, and table =
decorations -
saving them both money and time.

AN ASIDE:

On my first high school assignment, I was presented with a war surplus =
Nessen hut the size of a motel bathroom. Portrates of horses heads =
(sideways) adorned the walls, and in a security cage I found clay slip =
molds for flamingos, ducks, and ash trays. Students were feverishly =
tooling wallets, belts, and handbags to sell to the faculty. Cowhides =
and crafts were in profusion - but no art training.

Within the year, we had a waiting list for art courses including the =
scholarship students. Visual arts had become respectable. Of course this =
takes extreme time and effort but it's better than fighting a losing =
battle with incorrigibles.
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re: "May I ask you specific questions?  This=20
stuff  happens in my class.  The kids talk and whisper = when I=20 talk.  I stop
and give them looks This breaks up time--a real = time=20 waster...
Do I send them
out of class all of the time?  (This NEVER = works--they=20 LOVE that attention, of course).
I am just at wit's end. HELP!
Dear Wits end,
 
Consider these factors first:
 
01. You are dealing, primarily, with = non-academic=20 students who display the interest span of a
    =20  gnat's eyelash.
 
02. They are immersed in a "hip hop" culture of = verbiage,=20 dress, and music. They know or care
      little for anything = else.=20 School is one big bore. They can hardly wait for lunch, and the=20 last
      bell of = the school day so=20 they can trot down to the mall.
 
03. What they lack is enterprise! Devise a plan with = the=20 administration and studentbody officers to
      contract for all = school=20 functions that require decoration, i.e. dances, plays, sporting=20 events,     
      banquettes, and = rallies for 10%=20 of the door take. Open a school bank account.Go = under=20 the
      name of  = VISUAL=20 ARTS SERVICE CLUB.
 
04.  The resulting curriculum will incorporate, = drawing,=20 painting, and construction skills  - WITH A
       CONCRETE PURPOSE and = OBJECTIVE. The monies accumulated from these events
       will be = enormous enough=20 to take the art service club on weekend field trips. The = word
      =  will spread, and=20 then you will be off and running. The various classes, clubs, and = particularly=20 the
       athletic = department, will=20 adore you for taking on the responsibilities of screening = posters,designing
       and producing=20 invitations, stage and television sets, and table decorations = -
      =  saving them both money and time.
 
AN ASIDE:
 
On my first high school assignment, I was presented = with a war=20 surplus Nessen hut the size of a motel bathroom. Portrates of horses = heads=20 (sideways) adorned the walls, and in a security cage I found clay slip = molds for=20 flamingos, ducks, and ash trays. Students were feverishly tooling = wallets,=20 belts, and handbags to sell to the faculty. Cowhides and crafts were in=20 profusion - but no art training.
 
Within the year, we had a waiting list for art = courses=20 including the scholarship students. Visual arts had become respectable. = Of=20 course this takes extreme time and effort but it's better than fighting = a losing=20 battle with incorrigibles.
__________________________________rb
 
 

 
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