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I am constantly reviewing these rules, hand gestures, etc. with them in the
beginning of every class. Don't expect them to remember everything. Then one
day, it all clicks. They remember and know the program. It is very
Also, have you ever tried "Silent Art?" I have one "Timekeeper" whom I elect
and he/she keeps time for every minute they are silent. I give them points
for minutes. I keep a list of all my classes, and at the end of the
year....the room with the most points wins prizes. I give pencils or anything
cheap I find in "Dollar" stores.
I'm not saying I have perfect classes, but they know I have rules and they are
familiar with my system. Anyone who wants to "Show-Off" --and that's what I
call it--ruins it for the class. They lose points for showing off even if
it's one person. I stress to them that this is a class effort.
They must walk in quietly, orderly, peacefully, respectfully. No showing off
allowed! My room is a very special place. They are lucky to have art. I
always remind them that.
Hope this helps-
Keep me posted!