Clay with 30 kidsMy ceramics class average 30-35 students. I have found that assigning 2 students week, who are responsible for sweeping and cleaning the counters/sinks help. I also keep a sponge and towl at each table. Students recieve points for cleaning up, and must have a clean work area and floor inorder to leave the class. Students who throw clay, owe me a class period of clean up time before allowed back into the project
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From: Pam Smith
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 9:07 AM
Subject: Clay with 30 kids
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 don't 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 haven't had a problem with "hormonal related creations", 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. ---