Yes, I agree. I just started my new job a month or so ago and I am juggling so many things! Also, I didn't think assigned seating was important. I thought the kids would work fine by their friends. Well, some can, but MOST in junior high will not. Next quarter I'm assigning seats from day one and being a lot more strict with clean-up. One of my biggest challenges right now is that the kids work at such different paces. Some kids will whip through a project and finish it very quickly and DO NOT want to work on it anymore and other kids will work SO slow. The kids that finish early just want to talk to their friends and not do anything else. Does anyone have any ideas for me? I have tried extra credit sketches, reading a book, helping me clean around the room and things like that, but many times they put up a struggle. What works for junior high kids? Marcia L.
Subject: Re: Question from a lurker about art teaching
From: Woody Duncan
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 18:07:52 -0600
I don't think I could have learned it in college, but I would have
benefited from exposure to the art of "juggling". By that I mean
the skill of trying to manage so many things at once. So many new
teachers are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of demands
upon them. They don't know who or what to say no to. Nor do
they know which items to put off till whenever. I guess in the
world of work they call it "time management".
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