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Re: classroom (manage) laments

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 11:29:59 +0000

Kevin posted many thoughts...... (playing devils advocat perhaps?)

> I do empathize with your class size however, If you only spend 40-45
seconds with each student then a hand full of crackers may be
necessary to
keep them occupied when your not around.

I am the person who uses Goldfish crackers, and would like to address
my rational for using them.

Adults work for a reward (paycheck) *arf, arf* ;).
Students rarely get any tangible rewards. I give each child one (1)
goldfish cracker at the end of class to recognize the fact that they
have worked hard and followed the class rules. My students are in
grades 3-5. It has proved to be most effective for me. I also send a
class report back to the teacher with each class.

My classroom has some areas where I isolate students who are making it
impossible for the rest of us to work. They really hate sitting facing
the wall with no one around. After having that consequence once or
twice I see a change in attitude and behavior.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate Art