In a message dated 11/23/01 7:23:33 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Any suggestions on discipline, class management?
Are all of your classes this big?
management of 35 7th graders in a class, even without clay in their hands,
One of the things I do with 7th grade clay projects is copy a chapter from a
textbook (or from where ever) explaining clay work. Then I make up written
questions, tests, etc. based on the reading and keep these on hand.
I explain to them that some of the class will be learning about ceramic art
by actually using clay and some will be learning about it by doing some
reading, researching, and turning in written work. If they show they are not
capable of correctly using clay as a medium for learning, they will be using
the textbook. Not as punishment, just a different method of learning.
You could have the discipline person in your room work with the paperwork
students at a separate table while the others enjoy the hands on project.
I still think that is WAY too many students for any class and you should
always have an aide or someone else in the room with you.