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RE: Question from a lurker about art teaching


From: Berg, Renee (Renee.Berg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 21 2002 - 08:09:59 PST

Marcia, I've taught Middle School 15 years and still struggle to get kids
done at the same time. It will never happen except in heaven. I do have
related enrichment activities for them to do when they are done, so the slow
pokes can get done, but I expect slow students to come in during study hall,
or after school. I try to make the enrichment activities fun. I also have an
art center with buckets. Activities range from stamping, how to draw books,
art puzzles, logos and computer art games. It is pretty simple, it they are
not keeping busy they get a warning then a detention. I usually don't have
problems anymore. Of course there are those students......
Renee Berg
6th,7th Art and 8th grade Art Tech
Mitchell Public Schools
Mitchell, SD <>

-----Original Message-----
From: Marcia Lavery []
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 9:03 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Question from a lurker about art teaching

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
X-Message-Number: 55

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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