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Re: [teacherartexchange] troubled 5th grade class -CHOICE works

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 02 2006 - 04:46:29 PST


Hi Julie,

I forgot to add this.....

TAB Choice is WORKING for many teachers with difficult students. One
student who has trouble with all other classes now gets to come to art
twice (for one choice teacher). Other teachers have seen complete
about face - disruptive students now love coming to art. You don't
hear of discipline problems on the TAB Choice list. Something must be
working.

I understand that switching to choice is a HUGE step to take. You have
to re-think your teaching... how you do things....your philosophy.

Research shows that students perform better and behave better when
given choice/ownership.

You could try some "baby steps" ... start introducing some choices and
see it that works for you and these students.

Check in the list archives for TAB Choice:
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/TAB-CHOICE.htm

EVERY kid should LOVE art at that age level... they don't all have to
be talented in art... but they should love coming to art.

Regards,

Judy Decker

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