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>From the very beginning I train my students to be on "automatic pilot"
except on those days where I lecture or demonstrate. What that means is
the moment you walk in the door you are in "artist" mode and you are
getting out your materials and getting to work. For me that gives me the
5 minute breather, because they are busy "hunting and gathering" and I
can switch hats. (I teach 3 different art courses, a gifted and talented
pull out program, and a journalism class). Our schedule allows for the
first 10 minutes of 1st period to be a combination of morning
announcements and the pledge of allegance, and if anyone walked in they
would see a variety of "artsy" hands "hovering" over their hearts as
they stop what they are doing to pledge. The "automatic pilot"
philosophy works so well, that when substitutes are there, they are
amazed that the kids ignore them to work, and when my last Student
Teacher left, he said he felt the job was almost too easy because the
kids were very eager to work, make art, and not waste time. I assured my
Student Teacher, that what may seem easy, took years of patience, humor,
and outfoxing, to accomplish.