Don't think every problem that happens in the classtroom is your fault;
sometimes students come with their own baggage. Avoid snapping, but remain
firm and as calm as possible. Give out clear directions and demonstrations
and have some kind of visual aid, chart, examples, etc. to reinforce what
you want. Give specific directions for behavior, not vague ones. Trust
your instincts. Also, you will have some bad days; don't let it discourage
you. Rethink what happened and see if something you can do will help.
Keep us all posted in the fall how you are doing. It's great starting out.
I'm getting sorry that I am in the home stretch. Fran
On Fri, 10 Jul 1998, John and Diane Matthews wrote:
> This fall I will begin my first year of teaching art. I will be at a small
> rural school in west central MO, only a 25 minute drive from my own
> hometown of Knob Noster. I will be teaching K - 12 art. The student
> enrollment stands currently at 200. I am excited, and scared to death. So
> if anyone out there has any wisdom to share or advice I would greatly
> appreciate it.
> Diane L. Matthews
> Art Educator/Advocate
> Chilhowee R-IV School