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Re: Marginalization & behavior

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 15 Feb 1998 12:07:01 -0500

To J in Berkeley: well said!
Discipline problems develop for many reasons - they diminish when a
teacher is able to engage the minds of his/her classroom audience with
effective learning experiences. (Which is not an easy task - after years
of experience, I still have miserable failures). DBAE has certainly
helped because it does provide a variety of art experinces that helps to
reach the wide variety of learners we all have. Besides learning
strategies for classroom behavior management, learning how to develop
effective educational experiences, and how to take care of art rooms,
art carts, and art supplies, I think it's really important for a
teacher, any teacher, to learn how to be themselves. The biggest problem
I had as a beginning teacher, and what I see in some of my Art Methods
students, is a desire to be like someone else - a parent, another
teacher they admire, etc. We have all had to explore, find ways that
work, ways to do things that we can live with and be satisfied with what
is accomplished. So, when people give testimony as to what works for
them, or suggest ways to handle things - it doesn't mean it works for
everybody. We have different backgrounds and philosophies, different
students, and different educational environments. It's important to find
your own path to what works in the classroom.
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