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classroom observations?

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Elizabeth A Haynes (ehaynes)
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 09:37:05 -0700 (MST)

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My name is Beth and I'm an Art Ed major at the University of Arizona,
as part of one of our assignments we are supposed to post a message to the
listserv, so here goes. We have been observing in classrooms at schools
all around Tucson for the past few weeks, most of what I've seen has been
pretty basic middle to high school level behavior. Until two weeks ago, I
was in a beginning photo class and the teacher was out sick that day,
while trying to observe the students I noticed a group of boys not doing
the pre-planned assignment (busy work). When I questioned them they said
that it does not matter if they do their work or not, because the school
will promote them anyway. They were not the ideal students that this
school wanted, one remarked and one ended the conversation with telling me
that the school was happy enough with the fact that they aren't shooting
at each other. Now, knowing that I'm certainly naive to an extent, and
they might have just been trying to mess with me, I still ask if this type
of behavior is frequent? How should I go about talking with that student,
even though I'm not a teacher? Any suggestions would be greatly
appriciated! Thanks,

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