PS. BTW Michelle will you still be able to send your Art Across America
"Michelle H. Harrell" wrote:
> >Does anyone out there have any tips on classroom management for the
> >art room?
> I'm still a newbie (2nd year teaching art/middle school) but I've
> observed and talked to some awesome art teachers and have put their
> ideas into my own plan. I have tried something new with every new group
> of students and improve on what works. Although the art room is unique
> in many ways, I find Harry Wong's "First Days of School" applicable to
> any subject matter or grade level.
> During the first week of class, we dwell heavily on rules and
> procedures. I have them (and their parents) sign a contract on the
> first day so that they not understand the rules but understand why we
> have them. My rules are very generalized like "respect" but we discuss
> what it means- no put downs, even to your own work, etc.
> Every class period is broken up into 4 parts:
> -Bell Work: posted when they come in. Usually 5 min. This is when I take
> roll, catch up absentee students, and pass out work & supplies.
> -Directions and Discussions: The only time I talk. "Eyes on me and
> pencils down" before I begin. This is sometimes longer when I give a
> demonstration. I don't talk until they are quiet and show me "eyes" and
> -Studio: I reward them with their own favorite music and being able to
> talk while they work. Sometimes, I might start studio with
> "intense drawing" or a few minutes of working without talking.
> -Clean-up/ Closure
> What works for me is to use talking and music as a reward for good
> behavior. If it is too loud at any time, I say "Strike 1, .. strike
> 2...strike 3.. and then give them 5 minutes of silent art which they
> serve during their studio time. Class rewards and punishments do not
> always work. For individual students, I give 2 warnings and then lunch
> detention and a phone call home. Most of them really hate to miss their
> social time to serve lunch detention.
> Good luck- I'd love to hear others!
> Michelle H. Harrell
> North Garner Middle School
> Garner, North Carolina
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