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Re: noise level

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kprs_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Jun 19 2001 - 13:41:41 PDT


I always feel like the odd person out....maybe because I
am...anyway, my room seems way too quiet, so I encourage
talking...especially about each other's art work. I am
heard to squeal "OOOOOOoooooooh, I love it when you talk
ART", when one kid comments on another's work, or one asks
the other for advice.

I am a constant talker, so I guess that is what I feel
comfortable with, and I also add my two cents whenever I
can...

I am lucky to work in a district where kids are not out of
control, and CAN have quiet conversations, and DO ask for my
advice on everything from art to boys. I think that
teaching is like working a team of horses, and you have to
know when to 'hee' and when to 'haw', whether it be with
noise, discipline, rules, or laughter.

I have seen students reach out to kids in my classroom, that
don't have a 'group' or clique in the school world, and I
think that socialization is sometimes just as important to
the well being of that kid as making a near perfect drawing
might be to another. Perhaps it is because I am a cancer
survivor, or perhaps it is because I moved 22 times growing
up, but I think I have always felt this way...we needn't
suck the fun out of life....

(oh, yeah, and my students think I'm a little nuts when I
laugh at them when they raise their hand in class.....what's
that all about I ask?! I don't raise my hand at home, or
when I am with colleages, so just start the
conversation.....I say).

Since I teach high school, my kids KNOW not to take my
wackiness into another's classroom...so never fear Physics
teachers of the world.

San D

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