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Re: [teacherartexchange] What would you do?


Date: Sun May 14 2006 - 10:52:43 PDT

Yes, many of my students are being retained as well. It has become very
difficult to manage them. I did put away all of their masks, and when they
entered the room, I told them that they had lost their project. I explained that
art projects, especially fun ones like papier-mache, are a priviledge, and that
it can be taken away if they can't be mature enough to handle it. They were
very upset because I think they were actually excited about the project. The
dean came to visit my room because I had told her what happened. She suggested
that we believe in the kids and offer them a second chance. So, that's what
I ended up doing, but I'm not sure it was the right thing to do. Some of the
kids did really try to behave and finish their mask form, but I still had kids
acting up, not taking it seriously and ignoring my instructions.

This week they are supposed to start painting their masks and decorating
them. If I catch any students playing around, I'm going to take their mask away
and give them a sheet of paper instead. On that paper, they can draw their
mask and turn it in. I don't think I'll give them full credit for the project,
maybe half. I'm going to do my best to allow the other students who are
behaving finish their project.

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