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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 17:43:18 PST


I agree!!! I only change the lesson if it is the class as a whole or if "I"
have made a mistake in planning or materials. It has not happened
often...but what I have found recently, with two classes in particular, are
that the students, individually, are fantastic, but as a group, are really
off task, lots of loud talking, accidents or so much talking that they don't
hear directions and have to constantly ask what to do, or just keep talking
because they don't know what to do. I agree it is tough....but....in my case
it is not a few causing the problem and everyone loosing out. Also...I tell
the students..there are many ways to learn about art...not just through art
making. If they cannot manage the media, they can do the lesson with
different media...or we can do a diffrent kind of art lesson. It is
tough...but I am constantly amazed by the attitude of students that art is
free time and talk time and play time. When I can, I have a very relaxed
environment in the art room...but....if I need to.....I can put the structure
into place. If the group cannot manage their behavior on their own, I will
give them the tools, via appropriate lessons, to help them manage their
behavior. My feeling is...why give them more than they can handle. It just
causes frustration for all of us. If they can't handle paint.....and they
are repeatedly resistant to learning the processes for handling paint...then
I am going to hold off on giving them paint. If a class is immature.....that
is a developmental thing...and no amount of hair pulling is going to make
them mature any faster!!!