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Re: Alternate project as a consequence for misbehavior

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Mar 30 2004 - 03:28:32 PST


I do not see art as a "reward" so therefore, I have no problem not letting
certain classes do certain projects. There are some groups of students who
cannot handle materials at an age appropriate way. I have kindergarteners who
have not painted this year <gasp> Yes...I know I will get letters...but....it is
not as if I can give them paint and let them have a free for all(which is
what would happen!)....they can't handle the media in the environment and with
the constraints I have. (time, clean-up etc.) So therefore, they have not had
paint.

I tell them why they have not painted....but they are 5...so it doesn't sink
in very fast that not painting is a result of their behavior. I feel the same
with older students. For instance, this winter I did soft sculpture with one
of my 4th grade classes. They really wanted to do it and were willing to
learn to sew and make patterns and work at home. I knew that the other classes
did not have this ability so we did something different.

I would just tell the students that you have made a decision that this is not
the right lesson for them. Do a different kind of mask....or don't do masks
at all. You can do fabulous masks using paper sculpture, or cardboard. I
have seen amazing things just using brown, corregated cardboard. Maybe this
will help, change the media not the lesson, so meet the needs of that group of
students. They will still learn the same objectives and life will be easier for
you!

My 2 cents!!!

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