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Unruly art class

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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 05 2000 - 08:11:21 PST


In a message dated 11/5/00 7:32:03 AM Central Standard Time,
buerklej@mail.leon.k12.fl.us writes:

<< The one thing I do that does work a little is being nice to the worst
behaved
> kids, after they've been insubordinate or been written up.

This is a good approach. The more you know them, in my experience, the
more
embarrassed they are to really misbehave. Although they will test you.
The
trick is to let them know that you care about them, and while you hold
them
accountable for their behavior, you are ready to work with them when
they are
ready. >>

How timely this is - my wonderful school counselor has also suggested that my
problem kids be made my allies of sorts. Perhaps to ask them to help with the
younger kids - reading, helping with art projects etc. One problem is that
they
are also behind in their regular classroom. One fifth grade boy in foster
care
has seen so much of the adult lifes rotten side that he is just now
learning to be a kid (in my room) . His little sister is in kindergarten and
it was suggested that perhaps I ask him to read to her class while in art.
Might give him a confidence boost that he needs. For the others- will asking
them to help with the little ones do any good?
I tried mixing my highschool ceramics class and elementary once and will
never do
it again - it was awful - the trouble makers clicked with the trouble makers.
Yikes
Thanks for any suggestions. Roberta