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Lesson Plans

Rude to speakers

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Thu, 31 Dec 1998 01:04:41 EST

After a particularly rude group of parents chatted through my presentation and
allowed their children to run wild during the entire the program, the
principal recalled another similar situation and told me a way to combat this
if I ran into it again.

Her suggestion (which she claims works well): Announce to the children at the
beginning of the program that their parents will be teaching them audience
manners during the presentation and that they are to act exactly as their
parents throughout the program. I haven't tried this yet, but am
contemplating how to put a spin on it with an all grown-up group. Also, I
haven't figured out what to do if the parents don't set the example that is
desired. As has been noted, the evil teacher stare doesn't work with big
folks ... at least not too often.

Pam Stephens
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts

"One must not hold one's self so divine as to be unwilling occasionally to
make improvements in one's creations." Beethoven, commenting about changes
to be made in a symphonic work, 1809