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</bold><x-quoted>I am currently getting my art cerification and I have rece=
substitute teaching. I enjoy substitute teaching and do it in the high
school and junior high levels, but I have some problems. I am only 22 year=
old and look like I am still in high school mys</x-quoted>el<x-quoted>f. T=
eachers who don't know
me ask me for my hall pass. I try to dress up more and that seems to help=
but not always. Also, I don't know how to make the students take what I am=
saying seriously. I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers on=
how to maintain order in the classroom.
Scotch Plains, NJ</x-quoted>
Find out from faculty what they do (and what they expect administrators to =
do)-- what system of rewards and other consequences they employ. Find out w=
hat standards they recommend for the control of noise, attention, movement,=
etc.-- what behaviors they find they need to encourage, discourage, and ac=
cept, and how. Practise using a =22teacher=22 voice, and holding your groun=
d without flinching, while at the same time being generous with your praise=
s and gentle humor. It's crucial to have some systems and to be consistent =
in using them. Nevertheless, what you will find effective will come from th=
e ways your students =22read=22 you-- what you represent, your expectations=
, the qualities of your interests in students, in life, in art, and in teac=
hing art to your students.
Everyone in our profession has had rough moments, days, and years, Jessica.=
We need LOTS more great art teachers all across this country.=20
Keep your eyes on your goals, your ideals.=20
If you're good, people will find out, you'll get a job, you'll love what yo=
u do, and many will appreciate what you work so hard doing.
Sonoran Sky, Scottsdale, AZ
ArtLex - a dictionary of visual art is at http://www.aristotle.com/sskystor=
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