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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need to make a decision

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed May 31 2006 - 17:18:55 PDT


Alix,

Thanks for your view. I do like some of the middle school kids, and I formed
some special bonds with a few of them. Many came to me for advice, and that
felt wonderful. I just don't know about this school. I wish I had the chance
to visit other schools to see if it is the same everywhere. You guys talk
abut these cool projects, yet when I try it out with my group, it usually flops.
 I have so many students who don't even want to try to draw. THey have made
up their mind that they hate art before even walking into my class. They
don't even want to stop talking long enough to hear what the project is or to
learn how to do a new technique. I found that there were a few students in each
class who really wanted to learn. I had to work with them individually because
so many had no interest at all. The only project the boys liked was the
graffiti project...and even then they lost interest after they had worked on it
for a day. I had several students who refused to do anything. At the end of
the nine weeks, their portfolio was filled with blank sheets of paper and maybe
two unfinished pieces! With the last group, I kept my lessons short, I tried
to come up with fun and easy projects, yet they couldn't control themselves.
While they enjoyed working on the masks, they couldn't not throw things or put
glue all over each other. It was like a kindergarten class. How do you deal
with that?

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