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Lesson Plans

Refusing to work

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One of the Colmans (colmans1)
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 06:29:41 -0500

Regarding Melissa's problem of students who refuse to work: I, too, had
this problem last quarter with my 7th and 8th graders. Thank goodness for
new beginnings! With help from Harry Wong's book, "The First Days of
School" as well as the expert advice of all the wonderful people on this
listserve, I sat down to develop a policy to combat refusal to work as well
as all the other discipline problems I had encountered. I just started a
new 9 week cycle and things are going much better. What did I do
specifically? I developed clear rules and procedures with consequences.
"Work Skills" is 30% of their grade and is well defined on the course
syllabus which has to be signed by the parent and returned to me. It is
comprised of EFFORT which results in productivity, adherence to class rules
and procedures, proper use of materials and participation in studio
maintenance (otherwise known as clean up). How do I enforce this? I
automatically give them one point for each time they come to art for the
quarter. That adds up to 36 points for 9 weeks, with art being 4 times per
week. If they do not perform according to the guidelines of the Work Skills
policy, then they lose the point for that day. Choosing not to work during
art class results in the loss of the point. In order to get an A for the
quarter in Work Skills, a student must have 34-36 points and it goes down
from there. I tell them they may not like everything we do, but I do expect
them to try everything. It's not difficult from a record keeping angle,
because everyone automatically gets the point and I only have to record
those who lose it. So far, after one week, no one out of 2 classes has lost
a point. The students are actually listening to me and my class feels
"normal" again. It's working for me so far--will keep you posted! Marian