We had a successful alternative ed program last year in elementary school.
The students were grouped in one class and their grades ranged from K - 2nd
grade. It was less than 10 in a class and the group performed quite admirably
with very structured lessons in clay, paint, and drawing.
This year the children are mainstreamed in other regular classes. For the
most part, all but one child in second grade has adapted to art class in a
large society. The student still sucks their thumb, stamps their feet, and
refuses to produce any art work that is on the topic without constant
attention. The class total is 25.
I feel mainstreaming is awful for elementary school alternative ed. students.
Whoever thought of this is nuts! They need extra help in a small class
environment to develop their skills in listening and motor coordination.
Structured lessons building upon units, with repeat attention to what they did
before builds their self esteem. Exactly what they need! Other elementary
children can be so rude to them. And a large class size while attending to an
alt. ed. student can make an art teacher crazy!