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shampi07
24 Mar 1997 22:51:50 -0000

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I am currently student teaching at a small school in Northern New
York. I have written in for advice before. I am teaching a studio art
class of students in grades 9-12. I have to do a curriculum unit for my art
methods class and I chose to do it with this class. I really felt that
there was good chemistry between the students and I. Well, now that I have
started to teach the students this has changed. I have several students,
all boys who insist on disrupting the class. I have one in particular who
personally attacks me as far as my teaching skills. I have talked with my
cooperating teacher about this student and she says that he has a real mean
streak. He is the first student in 22 years of teaching that has ever
reduced her to tears.
He says things like, "We aren't the worst students you'll ever have
so if you can't handle us then you won't make it anywhere." Which is
strange to me since they are all working and in their seats. I appear to be
handeling things until he starts in. There are many other things he says
that are very hurtful, but I doubt that you would have the time to read the
list!!!! This has continued and it is the third time I have taught. Many
of the students are wonderful in the class and I hate to see them suffer
because of his attitude toward me. Like I said, I chose to do my unit with
this class because I am a very easy going person who likes to have fun and I
thought the students in that class would really be great to work with.
Also, this student hs been putting down the color unit I have planned for
them, I tried to do something fun and interesting, but it seems no matter
what I do he complains and then others follow his lead and I come home
feeling like a failure. Sorry this is so long, but I am at a loss for
answers! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,

Rebecca
Student teacher
St. Lawrence U./SUNY
Potsdam

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