BluesTruth wrote: > > Hi, Friends! > > Can we brainstorm ideas for murals? I have always had my students create > Diego Rivera and Carmen Garza type ("Our Community or Neighborhood") murals. > Jungle animals/Rainforest are other things we have done. I'm looking for > new ideas! > > BTW: We had people from the state of Illinois visit our school today to > write a report of the condition, educational services, etc. of our school. > Last week, our students were told by teachers and administrators > (threatened--more like it) that they have to be at their best behavior > because of these state bigshots. > Today, my classes were terrific (for a change) and all of the kids were very > well-behaved....and then came my 7th graders....and yes, you guessed it...in > walked a representative from the state (Surprise!!!) to observe me ---with > the class from hell!!! The kids threw crayons, shouted obscenities, > constantly got out of their seats, sang rap songs, ran into the halls and > around the classroom, etc. THIS is what this lady saw today! It was a > nightmare! I really tried to settle the kids down, but no luck! I went up > to the rep and sheepishly asked her to come back at another time. What else > could I do --or say? > When the rep left--I really laid into these kids! I told them all I can do > is flunk them and keep them from the honor roll by giving them each a "F" > on this quarter's report card. I'm thinking of canceling art for them > --study hall instead. Anyone else have an experience like mine? What did > you do? > Thanks, everyone! > BT (Jill)
Don't know what to do about the behavior problems. I'm having some of
the same problems where I student teach (HS). I actually almost cried
yesterday (and that takes a lot).
As far as the mural goes, I'm thinking the future. With 2000 coming,
maybe they can do a depiction of what Chicago would look like in the
year 3000, or something like that. Like what the creator of the jetsons
did in the 60's. Just a thought.