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Lesson Plans

Trashing the Art Room

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Peggy Woolsey (woolspeg)
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 18:32:05 +0800

Now, whenever somebody does something nuts, I push back all the tables and
get everyone to sit in a talking circle. I start the talking and tell them
how I feel about what's going on. They now know that's it's a serious
problem when I do this and regular art class can't go on til it's
addressed. I pass my feather or whatever on to the next person. Only
rule--you can only talk when you're holding the feather. It's such a
different experience for them all to be facing eachother, and they can't
hide, that most of them do play along and listen. Many students opt out
from talking (mostly girls) but not always. And when they do talk, it's
insightful. Somehow it works and if nothing else, I always feel like I've
done something positive in bad situations. It takes a little courage, but I
reccommend it for really serious situation. Peggy