<<The students have it written in their handbooks that CD players, along
with pagers and cell phones are not allowed on campus.>>
We're different in a lot of ways, in that I have small classes (10-15
students per period) and our school is 2/3 boarding
The only time I use a radio is sometimes AFTER the academic day when kids
have the option of working in the artroom when I'm there. (The building is
locked if I'm not there.) I choose the station (a local new/classic rock
station) and the atmosphere is much more relaxed, in general. It's a fun
time for all of us, when the kids can choose to come in to work on their
projects. Sometimes I'll just have a few and other times I'll have 10 or
12. (And yes, it's sometimes like teaching an extra period a day...)
Again, I think it's just a matter of what teachers are comfortable with,
what the school policies are, and the nature of the kids.
I haven't allowed students to use CD players yet because I wanted this first
trimester to get to know them--wanted them tuned in to me and accessible!
And as I mentioned in an earlier post, I think they'd get in the way when we
begin sculpture next trimester.
But as for spring and when they're working on paintings on easels in my
large 2nd room, then sure. It worked great last year and I think it will
again if they understand that it's a privilege and an authorized exception
to general school policy.
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