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Re: [teacherartexchange] I think I'm back on/ NOISE level


Date: Sat Dec 31 2005 - 03:54:39 PST

I taught elementary art the last two years. I agree with the teacher who
wrote that she doesn't like a class that is too quiet as long as the class is
working. I do have a problem when the class is fooling around and being
unproductive. Aside from the tricks of the trade I would get the assistance of
their classroom teacher. It's difficult when we see students once a week and
expect them to be ready for art without their teacher telling them that they
expect a good report from the art teacher. I had one kindergarten class
teacher who was not supportive. Since I don't speak Spanish, I found the
kindergarten bilingual classes especially difficult to handle from September to
January without the assistance of the classroom teacher. After January all of
them understood enough English to understand me. Once the teacher understood
the problem with her class she would make her way into my classroom a couple of
times during the art class. Don't forget to use all the tools that regular
classroom teachers use such as calling home or writing them up. We had a
disciplinary form that I used a few times during the year. Of course I found
the greatest weapon for motivating students who weren't working was praise. I
would ask the class if they wanted to do a very cool project but told them
that they couldn't unless they worked hard, were respectful and stayed in their
seats. All in all I found elementary art exhausting but easier with regard
to discipline than I do now with my high school studio art classes.

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