I tell my kids to tell me when they are having a bad day. This way I will
not question them on what with the attitude etc. If they do not tell me and
I find out the hard way I pull them back to my office where they can freely
express themselves and I share lecture #____ with them in hopes to give them
a handle on their problem and view it in a more manageable light. If any of
the students ask what happened I just say that he or she got lecture number
354. That puts a smile on most faces because most of them at one time or
another has had one of my 'mothering' lectures.
I do have very active classes because I do strongly believe that
communication is what art is about. I thought to have communication
time/break time during the period since we are on block schedule. I had not
thought of the creative carosel spaces as a hindrance to this part of their
learning. Since I do give the students the privilege to get up out of their
seats when needed maybe this will soften this drawback.
The inappropriate subjects on the cardboard walls can be dealt with by
telling them that we will have a revolving "Who is this artist??" display in
the hall. The display will display their cardboard and a few of their
pieces of work. Along with the work will be a list of names with
instructions to the student population to try to guess who the artist is and
listen to Friday's announcements to see if you guessed right.
Thanks for helping me think this out. It will have a better chance of
success thanks to your input.