What a drag about the clay. I teach ceramics and feel for you. Do you know
which student did this? Someone had to see who it was don't you think? Maybe
you could try and find out and then handle that "child" appropriately. Good
LynnMarie Paris wrote:
> Ok...I need some friendly advice. To introduce O'keeffe, today I played
> Jeopordy with my Studio in Art classes using three issues of Art and
> Man/Scholastic Arts. One class went great and the other not so great.
> What happened is that two teams got WAY ahead of the other three teams
> (like 2000 points vs 200 points). The slower group had given up and to
> try to get them motivated/back into the game I gave the winning teams a
> 10 and a 15 second handi-cap....meaning that after they found the answer
> I would wait 10 or 15 before calling on them. If the team with less
> points got the answer within that time, I called on them first.
> Even with the handicap the winning team was still winning and the
> "losing" team sometimes got answers wrong. Once they got it wrong, the
> other teams had a shot to answer it. However, this now caused the
> winning team (with generally my most positive and friendly students) to
> give up, complain and scowl a bit. I felt really badly about this, but
> did not know what else to do. By the end of the game they had given up
> and now I feel that somehow I have ruined what should have been a fun
> Question: How else could I have handled this? I have felt crummy all
> afternoon now. I am sure it did not help that right after school I
> found out that today a student threw about 10 pounds of clay out a
> window at a car and now the administration has told us that the windows
> have to be closed in our already 85 degree classroom. I dont know if it
> happened in my class or in the other teacher's classes, but somehow I
> think he blames me???? Anyway...sorry to ramble on and on......it
> started as such a good day and now I feel bummed.
> One solution to the Jeapordy issue I came up with is to go around the
> room. One group at a time gets the first chance to answer and then go
> to the next group if they get it wrong. That takes some of the
> intensity out of it and might even out ability levels...what other ideas
> do you have?
> Thanks a ton for "listening" to all of this and sharing your ideas....
> Have a great night