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I hate discipline

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Oct 31 2000 - 03:48:30 PST


lol...I hate discipline....and struggle with it every day. There is this
part of me...that is not so small...that wonders why these children are not
so happy to be in the art room that they behave like angels! I never had art
until 1 semester in high school. Also, with the demands of the other
academic classes...you would think they would appreciate the freedom that the
art room presents. Yet....like all of you...I had discipline problems. I
have come to associte the problems more with classroom teacher style than the
children themselves. One on one....they are fantastic children. Put them in
a room together with a certain teacher...and they just go to pot! lol I
have no solutions....except for one.

I teach at two elementary schools. One school is in the second year of a
school wide initiative to improve student behavior. There are 5
"expectations" students have to say the school pledge each morning and there
are both consistant rewards and consequences for positive and negative
behavior. The children get it...and it works. Believe it or not. In my
other school, they are attempting to do the same thing. Except...there are
10 rules....it is not positively reinforced...only negatively reinforced and
the children do not understand how it affects them. I have them posted very
large in my room and when students start to behave I ask them which Partners
rule they are not following. I find that is helping. But as their teachers
do not do it....it doesn't have the weight it does in the other school. An
art teacher I work with at the first school told me it has made a huge
difference.

There is my two cents.....lololol...such that it is!