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RE: Quiet Sign for the ART Room


From: Carolyn McDonald (carolyn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 07 2004 - 08:25:10 PST

Just in time I started reading the quiet sign mails and last Friday I went
to school with my letters and instituted the idea. I gave my 6th, 7th and
8th graders a written explanation of what the new policy is and why. I
explained the policy and how it will work. At the end of the written
explanation given to all was a place for students to write a sentence or 2
about the policy and why it was needed. Then each student had a place to
sign and date, showing his or her understanding and willingness to abide by
the policy. Copies were made for the principal and I kept copies. All of
the students indicated their understanding and willingness. A number of
students wrote about their appreciation of the policy.
Now we shall see what happens this week!
Thank you and best wishes to all.
Carolyn McDonald
Skyline Junior High, Peoria, Az.

-----Original Message-----
From: Heather Leal []
Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 6:03 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Quiet Sign for the ART Room

When I used it, I found myself praying it wouldn't have to be erased-
then there was NO ART. Luckily- it usually wasn't and it was a good
But when it was, I would have to do another activity- If they really
were misbehaving badly, we wrote essays about behavior- what had
happened, how to behave, etc. Sometimes however, I would catch myself
threatening "book work" and vocabulary- like that is punishment, which
they see as punishment- but I really don't want to use that way.
We have to read the book, and do vocabulary, and write, not only
because it is expected in all our classes due to testing fright, but
also because our kids skills are dreadfully low, many are ELs and even
the fluent english are way below grade level. They need it- and they
need to see the positive sides of it- new ideas- new knowledge, new
understanding. I really don't want academic work associated with
punishment and creative art work associated with "fun time". Not that
artwork isn't fun- but I want them to think of both parts of class as
connected and worthwhile work.

That said- I have been trying to deal with discipline- minor discipline
-loud talking, wasting time, etc. individually- but I have some very
rambunctious, loud 7th and 8th grade classes this year, and I am have
been thinking about using the Art letters again- used them with 6th
graders before- ....

I'll be interested in what transpires here-
  Nov 6, 2004, at 4:50 PM, Geoffrey McClain wrote:

> Linda,
> Could you please tell me again what happens when you erase the last
> letter from ART?
> Thanks --- Sky in NJ
> ---