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Lesson Plans

Re: High school HELP!

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Fri, 18 Dec 1998 17:30:40 -0000

I've been there in the reverse. After teaching High School for 11 years I
taught elementary while on leave for a year. The best advise i can give you
is to treat the high school student as an adult. Speak as an adult and give
consequences for misbehavor. Detention helps (also gives you some extra
cleaning help!)
Also at the begining of the year I give each student a contract to sign
that states the rules of the class. If any rules are violated a detention is
given. If the student fails to come (7:30 am) they get 2 detentions. Still
no show they are referred to the principal. (He backs me on this and knows
of my rules and contract) parents are notified as well. The rules are posted
in the room as well.
If there is anything else I can help with let me know. I can say that the
high school students don't like alot of hovering. By that I mean sometimes
when they are engaged in their work they don't always appreciate my
"intrusion" and it's ok for them to learn from mistakes...actually alot of
the time it is a "happy mistake"
I feel like sometimes I am just the directions that comes in a "some
assembly required package". Then again the last thing I want to do is
stiffel them with my style or my "right way". Oh my I realize I am opening a
new conversation. Good luck to you and happy vacation.
-----Original Message-----
From: Teri Sanford <terily>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 1998 10:51 PM
Subject: High school HELP!

>Hello arties,
> I just love this list. I am hoping some of you can help me with a
problem. I have been teaching my first HS art
>class (just one each day, then elementary the rest of the day). I have
covered design elements, some drawing and
>enlarging with a grid, clay work, abstract designs with oil pastels. I am
at a loss for what to do next. I am
>definitely intimidated by these "big" kids. Even though my skills are more
than theirs, I still have a hard time
>with them not listening. Then when I grade them (rubric, provided before
each project) they still moan and groan
>and argue about their grades. They want this to be their "easy A" class.
I have some that are even failing,
>because they do not turn in any homework or assignments. I have taught 8
years of K-5 and all my lessons are too
>easy. I have never had students like this. I need something that will
take these kids interest by storm. Does
>anyone have a set "curriculum" or series of lessons that they might share
with me? I would like to do some of the
>research necessary over the holiday break. I'm determined not to let these
kids get the best of me. (I've already
>survived the theft of every imaginable supply and still came back to work!)
>Thanks in advance!
>teri sanford
>Hutto ISD
>Hutto, Texas