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Lesson Plans

Re:Classroom Management

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 12 Feb 1998 23:22:32 -0500

Has anyone besides me noticed that many chronically disruptive students,
some of whom are also having academic problems, are frequently gifted at
drawing? I believe I see a connection between strong
visual-kinesthetic-tactile learners, who might be likely to have
reading, writing and spelling difficulties, and misbehavior due to
frustration in the classroom. Therefore I don't think giving them an
alternative art reading or writing assignment is always effective - it
just gets them more frustrated and more likely to misbehave. Scientific
research has shown that positive reinforcement is the most effective way
to redirect behavior. Negative reinforcement may stop the specific
behavior being punished, but often the student will simply evolve into
another form of misbehavior. I wish I knew of better ways to capitalize
on the strong drawing skills of my problem students as well as how to
help them learn how to use those drawing skills to improve academically.

Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617