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I prefer the block schedule. Don't try to entertain them...it won't work.
They need to learn how to sustain interest. If you vary your instruction in
a period with group activities (table critiques) and allow them to get out
of their seats once in awhile (if only to get paper or drawing media),
they'll be less liable to get squirmy. Use a variety of media to introduce
lessons; include a journal experience with art-related or project related
questions as a daily activity. Give them individual responsibilities, or
rotate them (cleanup, hand-outs, etc.).
Good luck...you'll like it when things start to click.