Not to complain, but I, too, have a very noisy junior high class. I
teach K-12, and they are by far the worst in regards to noise, moving
about, and generally misbehaving.
My biggest problem is that art and music are both located in the
elementary school buildings, away from the disciplinarians in the
senior high buildings. If we have a big problem, we have to call the
senior high office and HOPE there is someone available. (Actually,
our band instructor has it even worse... they are completely
separated with no telephone.)
Good days: when I have separated the trouble makers, have a smaller
class, and have an interesting lesson planned.
Bad days: when all 27 students are in attendance, we're cramped
and easily distracted. It really doesn't matter what the lesson is
because they can't hear enough to understand it.
Other than threatening to make them late for lunch (right after
class) or sending them to the office, I really have no recourse. I
have put them in the corner (time out) and pulled them outside to
talk to individuals, but really haven't come up with anything that
works for more than a few minutes.
Vicki Bean Gideon School Dist.
Art K-12 P.O. Box 227
Email: vbean.gideon.k12.mo.us Gideon, Missouri 63848