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On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Ryan J Kelsey wrote:
> 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.