I'm a student teacher at an urban school, grades 7-12 in Flint,
Michigan. I begin actual teaching next week and so far the students have
shown little or no motivation toward working on or finishing their
projects. I plan to use rubrics to encourage independence and
responsibility, but I fear the 7th and 8th grades will still be extremely
nasty about having to do any work. This is art class it's supposed to be
fun. They aren't even responding to seemingly exciting, meaningful
projects that relate to their lives. I know this is an urban school and
that middle school is a tough age for kids, but I have to reach these
students. Lesson plans and other ideas will greatly be appreciated.
Next week starts the new semester. I need to get off on the right foot.