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"Looking for suggestions as to how you handle
discipline issues in the
art room for grades 4-6th. Mainly the older
kids. Sometimes I have had a
class with about 6 kids who have attitude
problems out of 25. They are
disruptive to the point that aat times it
takes more time dealing with
them than teaching. Does anyone have ideas
that have worked. "
This is my first year teaching middle school art and I have had the same
problem which is ongoing. I came up with something a few weeks ago and
would be interested in getting some feedback because it is effective but
I have misgivings about using it.
On the board, I write an alternative assignment for the day. It is
usually researching an artist, or answering questions out of the art
book. Any student who misbehaves (talks out of turn while I'm
introducing a project, misuses art supplies, won't stay in seat, etc.)
is given this alternate assignment. He is not allowed to work with art
supplies for that day. If he finishes it by the end of the period, he
comes in tomorrow with a fresh start. If not, he has to work on it
tomorrow. If not completed by the end of the second day, I refer the
child to the office and call the parent.
This has been very effective. My concern is that when I want the whole
class to research out of the book, they will view it as punishment.
What thoughts do the rest of you have on this?