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I am a student teacher, I have only been at it for a short time, but
during my observations and teaching I have noticed something about the
students. They test you to the limit. I think that in most cases the
students really know what is appropriate. There are a few that possibly
don't. If I were you I would first of all consider the school guidelines,
and if they don't specifically say something about the symbol or subject
that the student is using, than use your own judgement. I have students
that are very hard to motivate, so in my case I would not want to
I would try to take the subject that they are using and ask them
how they feel about it. Instead of them the symbol, or what ever it might
be, in a negative way, see if you can turn it around.
Ex. If they want to do a pot leaf, ask them to do something that
expresses their views of the use of drugs without actually using the
symbol. Maybe we can make them think about expressing their feelings and
distract them from what seem to be negative trends.
I hope I could be of some help.
>From Jennifer Watt
Student Teacher Art (K-12)