I have a daily warm up for my 7th and 8th graders for the first five
minutes. I rotate between theme based drawing and art appreciation. In the
week of art appreciation, students "read" an image through PowerPoint and
answer five questions such as identify the elements of art, what moods,
feelings are communicated, explain your liking or disliking of the work,
etc. I like this time because it prepares their attitude and gives me time
to do attendance.
The classroom climate chart I invented (in my mind I did) has been working
wonderfully especially with my 6th graders. I move the arrow up and down
according to their behaviors. The highest privilege they can get on the last
week of their wheel is extra 3 points and two days of free sitting!
San Ramon, CA
On 11/20/08 7:18 PM, "paulette keck" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been having some serious issues with classroom
> management lately and have decided to implement a more rigid routine
> for a couple weeks to see if I can remind them that art is still a
> class even though you do fun stuff in it. I am looking for something
> the kids (6th graders) can read for 5 minutes or so at the beginning of
> class and then answer questions on. It can be just about anything, like
> short bios of notable artists, or art periods or something like that.
> Even if its something I can break into parts for several days.
> Of course, there's a catch... the reading levels range from 8th grade all
> the way down to 1st. In fact, most are probably around 4th grade level,
> so I'm really looking for a range of resources.
> Do any of you have a period of time dedicated to reading and writing?
> And if so, how does that impact your curriculum? Your classroom management?
> the kids' interest?
> Thanks so much.
> Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
> NYC Public Schools
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