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>Can we brainstorm ideas for murals? I have always had my students create
>Diego Rivera and Carmen Garza type ("Our Community or Neighborhood")
> Jungle animals/Rainforest are other things we have done. I'm looking for
>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
>well-behaved....and then came my 7th graders....and yes, you guessed
>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
>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