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[teacherartexchange] Teaching Elementary Kids


Date: Thu Sep 16 2010 - 17:33:38 PDT

Hello everyone,
One thing about being and artist and teacher is always being thrown a creative challenge. I teach high school art and ceramic during the day. Now I have been offered an opportunity to teach ceramic to 8 to 13 year olds at a our local art center. I get some extra cash plus the use of the facilities for my own work. We just had our first class and whoa, was I in for a shock. I am definitely out of my comfort zone.

I have 10 great students who meet for a 2 hour class after school. I have three boys who are very energetic and like to talk very loudly, pound the clay with their fist and play. How are some good ways to get them to focus and calm down a bit. I realize it is after school and they are energized but I still need some order in managing the class. Should I set them together or will this just lead to more play.

I kid had to pay to take the class so they want to be in the class. So any suggestions to help me out would be greatly appreciated.


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