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Re: personal CD players

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artrageous_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 05 2000 - 07:01:20 PST


<<Like Sharon, I don't have a problem with them in my classroom, but
unlike Sharon I feel I need to follow school policy--it sets a bad
example when one or two teachers ignore a policy. I tell the students
that I have rules to follow, too. Sharon, will you respond to this?>>

Because this was an exception to school policy, I cleared it with our
headmaster, first, before offering this privilege to students--and they
understood that it WAS an exception AND a privilege, okayed by the
headmaster, for studio art classes only, at my discretion.

So I wasn't ignoring school policy because I went through channels to get it
approved--and other school rules (and there are a BUNCH of them at this
small, private school!) are strictly enforced in the art room.

CD players weren't to be seen while walking to the fine arts building or
while leaving it--and students understood that breaking this rule would
result in their losing the privilege to use them.

I teach 5th through 12th grade, and CD player use was only for my upper
school students (8th through 12th graders) when they were working on
long-term, individual projects (such as their paintings).

I'll probably allow students to use them again this spring under the same
conditions.

Sharon
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