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Re: [teacherartexchange] Tomorrow is my final group!


From: Mikel Lee (mikellee31_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 05 2006 - 20:23:20 PST

It seems like you spend too many days dealing with the
same kids. If I am talking and a child disrupts I stop
what I am doing look directly at the child and say "
John, (or whoever) this is your warning." They know
that they get one warning. Then they get the next
consequence..which in your case would be to copy the
rules. If they do ANYTHING else that you do not want
them to do you should walk over to "john" with a copy
of your rules, hand them to him, tell him he is
through with art for the day he needs to copy these
rules without leaving his seat or talking. Tell him he
will not participate in art until this is done. The
next day or the same day if the rule thing does not
work- walk over and give "john" a copy of the
questions or ideas that need to be covered in his
essay and he will write his essay while everyone else
works. Then call his parents ASAP. Right there on the
spot if possible.

The next day or the same day if necessary- send him to
the office. You cannot teach playing let's make a deal
with a kid that is not taking you seriously. Don't
let the kids "promise" to do better, or swear they
won't do it again. Just tell them you are sorry they
made the wrong choice and you hope they will choose
better next time. They will not take you seriously as
long as you are making deals and repeating yourself
with verbal warnings over and over. And they don't
need a separate warning for each different
behavior...talking, running, playing, etc...all the
same. If they start arguing with you tell them you
will be happy to discuss it after class ( or school or
whenever) but now you are teaching and it is not fair
to their classmates to have anymore of their time

You are only teaching them for a few weeks. It is not
like you have to reinvent the wheel with a
"curriculum." Just go through the elements and
principles and pick up on art history that will match
your chosen lesson. Chose lessons that you like and
they will pick up on your enthusiasm. This is not
rocket science, you are not saving the planet, nothing
bad is going to happen if a lesson flops and redo's
are always welcome. Quit worrying about what they
think about you and make them care about what you
think about them.

Maybe you should start with a slide presentation of
your work and tell them why you show up everyday to
teach them. Tell them about your pets and parents and
kids or whatever you have.... Let them tell you about
them selves in a collage or self-portrait. Discuss the
rules the consequences....keep it matter of fact. That
is your house and you are the queen of your house. And
do the A-R-T letters on the board...that works for
some strange reason. If they get louder and they don't
quiet down erase a letter....when you erase the T they
are all done talking or done talking and working you
would like.

These are just my opinions...take em or leave em! you
will figure it out -we all do :D

- Mikel

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