DO your kids work at tables? Can you reward the tables that work
silently?And I mean absolutely silent. Have them "LISTEN" to the clay.
Listening to the clay requires using the EYES only. TAlk to them about the
"Silent language of clay", clay talks to us visually through cracks, gaps,
smooth surfaces. It can't be heard/seen when your brain and ears are
listening to your own voice or your neighbors'..
The rewards could be as small as candy, or first table to line up, or table
that picks the next artist of the week? Have a list of "Quiet Artists"
posted where they can sign their artist's signatures?
One of the joys of clay is the enthusiasm it brings and unfortunately it
manifests itself in excited voices!
3-D Art Teacher
Deer Lakes High School
Russellton, PA 15076
From: Pam Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Clay with 30 kids
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 06:07:31 -1000
I am not a new teacher, however, I am new to teaching art with 30+ kids in
my classes. The last two years my biggest class was 24, most were under 20
(my GT class had 3). How do you keep order to teach 30 middle school kids to
create good clay products. I donıt even have traps in my sinks so we have to
put tubs in the sinks and dump them outside when they start to get full. It
is hard for them to take responsibility, and do that. I would like to do
more, but my classroom management seems to fall apart with clay. I was firm
with them and havenıt had a problem with ³hormonal related creations², but
there is clay everywhere and the noise level is almost unbearable. Do I
accept that as part of the job? Maybe is just need to loosen up a bit.
Pam in Hawaii.