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Date: Sun Nov 05 2000 - 05:23:02 PST


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<<Oh...I also don't allow personal CD players. But I'm rethinking this. =

What do you all think?>>

Last year at the beginning of the 2nd semester I began allowing students =
to bring CD players to class. The rules were pretty simple:

1. There was to be no sharing of CDs in the classroom--what you walked =
into the room with was what you listened to, and you didn't exchange CDs =
with classmates. =20

2. The volume had to be kept so low that I couldn't hear it as I walked =
by their table. (I didn't monitor what they were listening to, but just =
told them that no one else should be able to hear it.)

3. They could only be used after I'd given instructions for the day--so =
they weren't allowed to walk into the room with them on. Obviously, =
they weren't to be used during lectures--ha! Also, they needed to put =
them away before they left the art room because our school has a "no CD =
players during the academic day" rule.

4. NO SINGING!! :-)

This really worked surprisingly well. It dramatically cut down on the =
amount of talking, and some of my more distractable kids found it much =
easier to work on their projects. Most of them said it really helped =
them focus.

I didn't start out this year with this "privilege" and I may wait until =
we start painting again before allowing it. (We'll be working on =
sculpture next trimester and I think they'd get in the way.) =20

But all things considered, it worked well for us.

Sharon
WEBSITE: http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous
Featuring art and art lesson plans, examples of my
artwork, genealogy resources, information about=20
contra dancing and Celtic music--and more!
EMAIL: artrageous@bigfoot.com
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>&lt;&lt;Oh...I also don't allow =
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Last year at the beginning of the 2nd =
semester I=20
began allowing students to bring CD players to class.&nbsp; The rules =
were=20
pretty simple:</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>1.&nbsp; There was to be no sharing of =
CDs in the=20
classroom--what you walked into the room with was what you listened to, =
and you=20
didn't&nbsp;exchange CDs with classmates.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>2.&nbsp; The volume had to be kept so =
low that I=20
couldn't hear it as I walked by their table. (I didn't monitor what they =
were=20
listening to, but just told them that no one else should be able to hear =

it.)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>3.&nbsp; They could only be used after =
I'd given=20
instructions for the day--so they weren't allowed to walk into the room=20
with&nbsp;them on.&nbsp; Obviously, they weren't to be used during=20
lectures--ha!&nbsp; Also, they needed to put them away before they left =
the art=20
room because our school has a "no CD players during the academic day"=20
rule.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>4.&nbsp; NO SINGING!! :-)</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>This really worked surprisingly =
well.&nbsp; It=20
dramatically cut down on the amount of talking, and some of my more =
distractable=20
kids found it much easier to work on their projects.&nbsp; Most of them =
said it=20
really helped them focus.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>I didn't start out this year with this =
"privilege"=20
and I may wait until we start painting again before allowing =
it.&nbsp;(We'll be=20
working on sculpture next trimester and I think they'd get in the =
way.)&nbsp;=20
</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>But all things considered, it worked =
well for=20
us.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR>Sharon<BR>WEBSITE: <A=20
href=3D"http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous">http://www.bigfoot.com/~artra=
geous</A><BR>Featuring=20
art and art lesson plans, examples of my<BR>artwork, genealogy =
resources,=20
information about <BR>contra dancing and Celtic music--and =
more!<BR>EMAIL: <A=20
href=3D"mailto:artrageous@bigfoot.com">artrageous@bigfoot.com</A><BR>AIM:=
SKBK56,=20
ArtrageousSBK, &amp; others</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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