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[teacherartexchange] What would you do?


Date: Thu May 11 2006 - 18:22:47 PDT

Ugh, at the end of what had started out as a much better term, my students
are starting to totally lose it now that the end of school is in sight.

Today was just terrible, and I felt like I was back in the beginning of the
year. My group of seventh and eighth graders were instructed to work in pairs
to cover a balloon with papier-mache. They are making masks. I warned them
before we began that this was not a day to play, that they needed to act
maturely or else I would have to change the project and the structure of the class
over the last couple of weeks. I told them that they could have an enjoyable
class and make their masks, or they could lose that priviledge.

Well, they were horrible. I had students filling balloons with water, others
sneaking balloons from my desk to use to make noises, others walking around
their room with dripping balloons, boys pretending that the paste was something
I'd rather not say, and kids taking other kid's projects and hiding them or
rolling them across the ground.

It was like they were back in kindergarten, and I was simply appalled. I
gave them a lashing, made them clean up early, made two kids who were acting up
stay and clean my room.

Now my question is, what do I do tomorrow? Do I allow them to finish the
project? Do I take it away? Do I tell them they need a day to settle down and
give them some sort of written assignment (though I don't know what would take
up the entire class)?

What would you do?

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