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Re: [teacherartexchange] Boy dominated art room!


From: Bunki Kramer (bkramer_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Oct 02 2010 - 09:24:51 PDT

BTW...the monsters are called the "Screamers" which is the title of
Dan Reed's book. Bunki

On Oct 2, 2010, at 9:01 AM, Bunki Kramer wrote:

> I teach mid. school too and I've had a couple of classes of all
> boys. When I do, I COMPLETELY revamp my curriculum. It turns into a
> "keep those hands busy" theme. Weaving works well. So does op art
> where they have to use tools like the compass, etc.
> One year got so rough that I decided we were going to do 3-4 ft.
> monsters and that turned out delightful! It became so popular that
> for many years we had a "monster-making" sculpture class which
> always filled up with boys only. I finally got tired of hauling
> around 50 lb. bags of flour in my car and opted for a mixed class
> again. Many of the monsters had drool and blood, etc. which are
> "boy" things but it took all semester for each person to do one each
> and it was fun. During drying time we'd watch monster-making movies
> and Jarassic Park. You'd probably find "The Making of Jarassic Park"
> on or old, used books and it breaks down scenes for you.
> Really neat. Dan Reed also has a book (I think 2) on making paper-
> mache monsters which I used but tweeked quite a bit during the
> years. You can go to our website and see examples of them as well.
> I'm hoping you can get there because our librarian was told to
> revamp the school website and it's somewhere in there.
> Good luck. Bunki
> ************************
> On Oct 2, 2010, at 8:37 AM, jjennifer west wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I would love a little help. While I completely believe in the
>> benefits of single sex education, I don't like teaching it. I am
>> at a public middle school teaching art for 3 years now. I actually
>> left a private school art position before this because classes were
>> divided by boys and girls and I just couldn't stand teaching the
>> boy classes. The energy is so different, and being a small woman,
>> sometimes the behavior gets to be way to much for me. While I am
>> able to "handle it" to a certain degree, I feel emotionally and
>> mentally exhausted. Now, this year, for whatever reason, I find
>> that 3 out of my 5 classes a day are way out of balance in the
>> sexes (29 boys to 3 or 4 girls). I am wondering if my curriculum
>> or classroom management (or both) need some "tweeking" to help beef
>> me up to do battle with this year? If anyone has any suggested
>> reading on teaching boys (specifically), or good advice from
>> experience, I would really appreciate the help.
>> Otherwise, this is going to be a long year......
>> Best, Jen
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