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RE: difficult class


From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy (RebeccaStoneDanahy_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 24 2001 - 13:18:58 PDT

Is the whole class or a group of students that are instigating the rest?
Have you met with the principal or called home?
The classroom teachers are not giving you any help or suggestions? Are they
staying in the room or leaving?

The bottom line is that art is a privilege and you don't have to do anything
with them. They can sit and do nothing for an extended period of time in
silence if they can't handle the supplies. The principle needs to back you
on this, however, so you really need to communicate wtih him/her and suggest
an observation.

Just a few thoughts,
Becky in NC

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Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 3:58 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: difficult class

I am a beginning art teacher with a bit of a problem. I travel between
three schools. The problem is that the children treat me like a
substitute teacher. They throw my supplies, break my crayons, and talk
back to me. I have tried bribing them with candy. That doesn't work. I
have tried Harry Wong and set procedures. But the children don't follow
them. Nor do they try to listen. I am not getting any help from the
principal, or the classroom teacher. How do I check this situation before
it becomes more of a war zone. Do I let the children sit all hour until
they listen? (I tried, but it became ugly) Should I have the children
write out the rules and procedures? Then have their parents sign it? I
am about ready to cry. My other classes are just fine. If something
happens, I don't have to raise my voice. I just give them the look, and
say, "Get back to work." It doesn't work for this sixth grade class. I
need suggestions.