We have been talking a lot about quiet classes. One thing I am
trying this year is earning open studio time. I made a chart that is
on rings. Each class has there own page and we flip it when the new
class comes into the room. I carved a paintbrush into and eraser and
if the class has worked hard, maintain appropriate volume we get a
paintbrush. If they earn 7 they get a day of open studio time that
they can work on whatever medium they want. It seems to be working
although I am not keeping up on it. I think I will assign a student
to be an "art critic" and flip the chart and give us a paintbrush.
Also this year my school has started a school wide discipline plan.
I went to four training session along with some of my colleagues and
we learned how to start implementing a program for our school. It is
working pretty well and the kids seem to have bought into it. One
thing that the specialists (art, music, drama and PE) have done is
we made up behavior folders for each class. We made a chart with
each special on it and the week. Whenever they go to a special we
mark the class behavior. This seems to be working pretty well. At
the end of art I always ask "OK what mark have we earned today?" It
amazes me how honest they are and some are harder on themselves then
I am. They know what their actions are and if they were the best
they could be. It has helped with my cleanup. Through this process
they are starting to see clean up as part of their art experience.
Now painting I know I need to get them started sooner. Another thing
that has helped in my clean up is a timer. I set the timer and let
them know that when they here it go off it is time to stop and clean
up. I haven't had to remind some classes on what to do to clean up
they just do it.
I think I will add the art letters and try that. I think it will
help to remind them when they are getting to loud without me having
to keep telling them all the time. I personally don't like a quiet
class. I like a class that knows how to manage their voices and
still work. Now getting it is another story. I have sometimes told
them now this class we can't have talking, like when we did gestures
and contour lines.