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One of my goals would be to set-up my own rules for the classroom. The
students are not what I would even consider "bad", yet some of their
behaviors make me so nervous (For example: throwing pencils & crayons, mild
rough-housing, foul-language, etc.) I'd like to establish a list of very
simple rules: No throwing objects, noise level should be that I can talk
over (since I have a rather quiet voice and prefer not raising it unless
neccessary). Of course, if the rules were broken, there would have to be a
plan of action. Do I send the student who is talking over me into the
hallway until I'm finished talking? Do I make a seating chart if noise
level is uncontrollable? Do I start a demerit system ..... everytime you
throw an object it gets marked down ....once it's happened 3,5, 7, .... you
face this consequence?
My mother is also a classroom educator ... although not in art. I spoke to
her about my goal. She wondered if this would push the students away from
me because they are already so accustomed to the classroom "climate". My
cooperating teacher is great in that she has told me that she'll support me
in whatever I want to accomplish.
As Art Educators, what do you all think? Do you think my approach to
classroom management will push them away from me as their new,
inexperienced art "teacher"? My professors say that if you stick to your
initial plans for Classroom Management, you'll be o.k., just don't go back
on your rules. I'd appreciate any feedback :o)