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student with broken arm

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Oct 28 2003 - 03:20:52 PST


This may seem a little heartless, but I have had many students with broken
arms/wrists, etc....and never had a problem. They do the best they can, I help
them if there is cutting (and they are right handed or left-handed as the
case may be) or with holding things...I make sure to tell me if they need help.
But, with the exception of one student (who was very "unmotivated" to begin
with) I find the kids figure out what works for themselves, or other students
are willing to help. I have never given a student with a broken arm a different
assignment. I guess in a way, my thoughtlessness (unconscious of course)
created the expectation that I believe they are able, so they believe they are
able. I don't let them "milk it"! The classroom teachers don't! I can assure
you that student is responsible for every bit of work due in class....no
matter how he/she gets it done! Again, if it is modified for everyone, then that
is one thing, but to change it for art, because it is art, that is something
else entirely!

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