Susan, I don't think you've missed a thing! I think you are amazing to handle different projects each forty minutes. I struggle sometimes with the same project for 55 minutes back to back (Junior High) and it is all I can do to keep up with their requests! I do know that I think it is valuable, if you can do it, to float around a bit aimlessly, because I can usually give so much positive reinforcement when I drift around. I think this is just as important as teaching and answering questions! I have two Junior High classes and two High School classes per day and I find that each group keeps me darn challenged and awfully busy! But, if we don't work on confidence, we can lose a lot of creative input from our students.
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Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2002 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: "keeping entertained..."
In a message dated 07/13/2002 1:57:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
It drives me nuts (does it you?) to start working on an art piece of my own
and have the kids come up and bug me about their lesson. I can't talk and
work at the same time and if I do, then when the student leaves I wonder why
I had painted that "thing" in the middle of my work.
Keeping entertained?!!? WORK ON MY OWN ARTWORK during classes!!?!!? Is this thread a joke, or do only middle school and high school teachers sharing that luxury? I find my little ones so needy that I (1) NEVER sit down at my desk during class (2) find that I must circulate around the room during their work time (3) find so much that I need to do for the little ones such as change the painting water, wash their brushes, assist them in cutting, hot glue, if needed, tie a shoe, explain again to the few that just don't get it. I only have 40 minutes to make the class meaningful- 10 minutes discussion/review, 20-25 minutes for them to work, 5-10 min. clean-up. Then, I'm back-to-back classes- and not sequential in grades, all doing different projects in a variety of messy mediums. How would I find time to do my own work...and keeping entertained- ha- are you kidding? How about you elementary school teachers- do you find time to do your own work to "ke! ep entertained"? If so, please share the tips on how. I must be missing something or doing something wrong- LOL....
Susan on Long Island