When I did my student teaching in an elementary school the rug idea for
leactures was also extremely helpful, Susan. Actually the rug had a flower
design so the teacher had each student sit on a flower.
My question is .....Does anyone have a helpful suggestion how to keep the
students interested and not talking during a lecture? With my second year
and above classes, I coral them around me as I sit at one of their tables
with them either pulling up a chair or standing. These high school students
are motivated and love this group time with me and their other classmates.
They amaze me by their maturity and interest in art and art history. I guess
my problem is with the studio or foundation classes. In New York state all
high school students must take one year of one of the arts to graduate. So
we get kids who say....I don't want to sing each day....I don't play a
musical instrument.....I can't act or don't want to put out that much effort.
Consequently, they get put into art along with the students who are
interested in art. What tricks have you high school teachers (or others who
think their ideas would work for HS) found worked? Thanks, Eileen