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A low roar is acceptable from the arts ed message group and my fifth grade
classes of 32 or more. I walk around sometimes with a pad writing "n" for
needs improvement when students constantly come up to me (swamp me) with
questions or for continuous loud talking. I get the level headed ones with me
by continuously acknowledging them by their good clean up practices, team
work, or attention to their work. They get "E' for excellent on their report
card. Time-out people for failing to keep the rules of the class, are writing
sentences the whole class period. In a big class, I need this, or we can't get
any painting, or clay work done with any class structure.
Also, this year I started file folders with their graded art work, so that
early finishers can go back in their file folder and complete past work and
give it the finishing touches.
I hope this helps.