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Lesson Plans

Re: classroom management

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Christine Merriam (
Mon, 09 Feb 1998 08:44:34 +0000

Ruth wrote:

Looking for suggestions as to how you handle discipline issues in the
art room for grades 4-6th. Mainly the older kids.

Ahhh.... hormones, know the story. Ever notice the more
uptight you get, the worse they act? Just to get a rise out of you?
This does not always work, but I try to ignore the kids who are
screaming for attention, and praise the people next to them who are
working. As soon as I see the troublemaker doing something right, I
re-enforce it. With some classes I have gone to the extreme of having
the office call the troublemakers out of the room for a few minutes,
then asking the rest of the class to help me by not playing audience
to the comediens.

One other thing I have done ever since a special ed teacher turned me
on to behavior modification is buy the big boxes of goldfish crackers
at Costco or Sams Club. At the end of each class, the people who
worked hard and followed the art room rules get a cracker. Sounds
really nuts, but it works.... have done it for 17 years now.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School