As you all know, classes take on a personality of their own. In certain of
my studio high school classes, talking is no problem while in others talking
and discipline is a real problem. Also, I find all the classes find it
difficult listening when the lesson is given and are quieter when they can
get down to work.
What I'm interested to know is how you set the mood in September. I can say
great things like "your mouth and your brain work or your hands and your
brain work" but I doubt they will listen. In some respects I'm teaching
overgrown middle schoolers. Some of my students could care less if they pass
or not. Some have taken the studio class more than once. It only takes one
or two disruptive kids to ruin a class. So...here I am calmly writing happy
as a clam knowing that the tension will begin in September. Any helpful
hints? (Don't get me wrong, I have wonderful students too and love my job)
By the way, I've been working on my masters in art education for years,
having completed everything but my thesis quite a few years ago. Hurray! I
handed in my thesis and it was approved. What a relief.