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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 =
and give them looks This breaks up time--a real time waster...Do I send =
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
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 =
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 =
saving them both money and time.
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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