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I teach MS and I use the same venue that Linda uses....would they like
extra time to work on their art. Kids come in during their lunch time to
finish or just work on extra art. It's offered as a privilege to them. They
need a signed note from me to get pass the adult lunch monitor so does not
fill up with yoyos. Any social chatter and they're asked to leave. This
works so well that the other two lunch periods are allowed to do the same
thing while I'm teaching other classes. There's a small area in my room
where they can work during their lunches and not bother my other classes.
They are also allowed to come into my room 45 mins. before school starts to
do the same thing. I'm amazed how many kids enjoy doing this and the
parents are happy as well. They know if their child didn't finish a project
and received a lower grade for such, that their child had made the choice
not to use the extra time available to finish. This ends the parents
whining too..."But my child didn't have time to finish". (This is all
stated in my policy sheet.) Puts the blame right where it should belong and
not on my dear, sweet head. Toodles......
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526
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