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[teacherartexchange] Motivating projects for 8th graders?


Date: Mon Dec 01 2008 - 08:33:59 PST

I have 8th graders the very first thing in the morning. They're tired
and grumpy and some of the groups are a bit "rough". If I give them a
project that's too simple, they don't want to do it because it's
"boring" but a project that is interesting/creative or complicated
seems to overwhelm them. I'm often fighting just to get their heads
off of their desks!

I have very little space, so a number of 3D projects are out. This is
also a group that I've been told wouldn't be able to handle using any
kind of knives safely. It's a large-ish class size (up to 30 in one
class) and there are several students in each class that don't speak
much English.

Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I have K - 8, with only
a minute between each class and, again, very little storage space, so
2D projects are best. In total, I have about 100 8th graders who I see
once a week for 45 minutes.

Thank you!

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