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>Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 13:39:00 EDT
>Hey Artsednetters ----------->
>As far as giving students written work if they misbehave, I think it would
>work if its one or maybe two kids. If there are several kids misbehaving,
>experience has been that they will contunue to misbehave and goof around.
>would be a suprise if they actually did the written work.
>Someone mentioned to keep them busy and encourage them. I agree. Praise
>helps. A lot of these kids are afraid to even try. Also, I suggest that you
>take kids aside and talk to them individually. Praise them honestly and
>them you care about them before you tell them what behavior you would like
>them to stop. Many of these kids dont have anything positive being said to
>them. Often times the biggest of bullies or trouble makers become putty in
>your hands once they know you care about them.
>I worked at a school once that had the lowest " art-esteem" that I have
>seen. My first six months were horrid to say the least. Many students
>work, and didnt seem to care at first. After lots of praise, the creation
>a mini art gallery to get the hard workers art recognized, and projects
>made them tell about themselves, I made some headway. My moment of glory
>this school was when I organized a Cinco de Mayo chalk painting contest. I
>had never actually heard the kids cheering except for when there was a
>But, when the principal announced the winners of the contest, there was
>echos of cheers throughout the school.
>Its a struggle, I know. I hope these suggestions help. Hang in there!
> -Dawn in
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