My students earn art dollars in my class for following the rules. Once a
month, they can " buy" stuff from me like pencils, candy, prizes and art
materials depending how much money they have.
One solution I had with a similar class several years was to put the students
that really wanted to learn at one table and they did a hands on project. The
other kids did a writing assignment about the project. I told them there are
many ways to learn about art and I'll create the project to suite the "needs"
of the student. I just don't feel it's worth it to struggle with kids at that
age who don't want to do a hands on project.
After a few class periods, the other kids who did the writing assignments,
decided they would rather learn the other way and althought not perfect, were
much better. I don't consider writing a punishment, just an alternative. I
also had a system where anyone who was very disruptive was sent back to the
teacher. That meant a trip to the principal and phone call home.
Beats me why the adm puts kids in one class with those kinds of problems.
Easier to deal with spread out! Maybe he/she should take the class for a day!