We also need to remember that the students are flexible and that
there is no one right way to organize a learning environment.
A major concern should be: What does the teacher in this room need
to work and teach effectively. Many teachers in my building are dead
set against "gum chewing". I just say if I don't see it and you don't
leave me any evidence, I don't care. The truth being: I have too many
other important things on my mind to be concerned about trivia.
I want to know if they are grasping the concepts I'm trying to teach,
are they holding the gouge or knife correctly, are they engaged in
the learning, etc.
Woody in KC
> Woody, I have struggled with exactly this for years. I allow talking as long
> as it at low level and not across the room banter. Yet, I always felt guilty
> that I was not a teacher with a well controlled classroom. I also knew that I
> would be setting myself up for failure if I made it a "no talking" atmosphere
> because 4-5 kids are at my tables sharing supplies.
> Your advice is sound. Yes, Of course! In my adult classes we talk, joke and
> at times are quiet in concentration and it seems so natural. I need to
> remember that art is NOT a traditional classroom. We just need to observe
> whether the kids are engaged and focused on their work and that it is getting
> done. Thanks, Woody.
> Marsh in So. FL