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RE: Classroom discipline

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 12:00:52 -0500


last year I too had one of those fourth grades from space! Have you talked
to them as a group about respect and expectations? I did so in a firm voice
and explained to them what I was there to teach, that I was not in fact a
babysitter and if they wanted to continue to have art class then they needed
to respect the rules of the classroom. If they felt they could not contain
themselves then other arrangements would be made, up-to and including
treating art class as a study hall, where they could bring classwork to
class instead of participating. (This of course goes against everything I
stand for in terms of creativity and expression, but it gets my point
across..and if that troubling child needs a day or two to realize what he's
missing out on...so be it. ) If this does not work...and sometimes it
doesn't as mean as it may seem...make them do something different. If your
program focuses on 3D work for much of the time...go back to bare basic
pencil drawings. Make them earn the right to explore with different media.
Or have them go the research way. Have them investigate and report on an
artist...etc...report, research...some kids love that, others hate it..so
maybe you can touch on their interests. I have in the past with a difficult
group asked them to vote on what material they would liek to use and treat
class as a studio time. Explanation of studio is necessary..that everyone
must be producing something, rules, etc. This worked last year for a very
difficult 6th grade. My advice is try the talk with them and then try to get
a group discussion going about expectations and rules. Kids, unless they are
truly rude should respond to this. Stephanie