lol.....I just say bust their little tails!!! I do explain to them that I
understand the situation (end of day, end of week, just had test, just had
puberty lesson..etc.) but that when all is said and done..this is the only
hour of art they get...don't waste my time...don't waste your time.....and
then I get tough with them...(have been working on my pissed off teacher
voice!!!) Does it work like a charm? No...but they really respond to the
don't waste my time stuff!! Also in a quiet voice...."I just can't believe
how disrespectful you are being...it is so rude...<g> This really works as I
hardly ever use it....lol Then they get embarassed! But...all in
all...don't let them make excuses..make them accountable. I always tell
them...if you waste my time in here...you will make it up cleaning the art
room at recess.....I will do this...if necessary...but it hardly ever comes
I am sure this nonsense doesn't help...pehaps is was an isolated incident!
Anyway...it always helps to vent!!!!