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Re: discipline again

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 21:27:14 -0500


Dear Diane,

What grades do you teach?

This is an interesting solution to the "I really don't like this project"
problem. I have always appreciated having choices myself, so I've often
thought it would be fun to offer choices to my students. All the grades I
teach might appreciate more choices. But working in regular classrooms from
the art cart is a huge limitation. I already have to run around the
building stashing art materials in classrooms, sometimes starting more than
an hour before clases begin . Every once in a while I offer a choice for
next time-and the students make a request I can prepare for in advance. I
try to offer this at least once per year for each grade, although it
doesn't help those students who feel stuck doing a project they don't like.
Being on the cart Istill need to have everyone working at least in the same
medium. Any suggestions?

Mark

Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031
U.S.A.

"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
educate themselves
throughout their lives."
Robert Hutch

At 6:22 PM 2/18/98, Didij wrote:
>Relative to discipline problems, Amanda said: "Students are required to
>complete so many projects, and sometimes they have little say in what they
>want to create." How true! Some students act out because they absolutely hate
>what they are working on - it's frustrating, makes no sense, is boring to
>them and so on. Since changing to a choice-based artroom, I'm thrilled to
>report that discipline problems have significantly diminished. Giving choices
>allows children to select materials they prefer and make art about subjects
>that interest them. Students who are actively engaged and invested in their
>work are too busy to cause trouble.
>
>Diane Jaquith
>Burr School
>Newton, MA