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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Davissw
Thu, 23 Sep 1999 18:20:37 EDT
I taught middle school art in the inner city for 23 years. I've had many 8th
grade classes that came in out of control, especially after lunch or gym.
Writing really doesn't work. I am of the same mind as Carol, give them a
great assignment. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be. Don't
let them have a minute of free time. I used to have them do a sketch as soon
as they entered the room. The idea was on the board and I had paper cut into
small pieces that they picked up out of a box as they entered the room. So I
didn't have to worry about passing out sketch books. I would praise
individual tables that were all on task. I also dismissed them by tables,
putting the number of the table on the board when all had cleaned up, were
quiet and ready to go. If anyone at the tabel talked, I would take the
number off the board. They monitored each other. Lee Canter's assertive
discipline works well. Most importantly, love them a lot. You can get so
much more from them if they know you care.
susan in michigan
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