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Lesson Plans

clarifying punishment

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Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 19:38:08 -0400

I wanted to expand upon of the comments regarding writing as a
punishment. I don't see writing as a punishment if presented in a different
light. Students have a choice in the classroom. For one thing, who is to say
the student will learn more from reading and maybe writing about an artist
than to actually create art? Ideally we want our students to experience the
process of producing a piece of art work, yet we cannot force a student to
draw. Having options, such as selected readings or writing assignments
pertaining to particular projects, empowers the students to choose what
activity they want to do. Granted, simply having students copy pages out of
the dictionary (and I know teachers who do it) probably doesn't amount to
much, except that maybe a student knows of more words that begin with
"r".For difficult students as teachers we need to venture every avenue we
As for finding that special something, not every class can do that. Some
classes adore clay. However, there are many stipulations to the use of clay.
For one thing, facilities need to be present. Also, as noted by another,
expect the worst. If a class cannot handle just merely sitting down before
class starts, how will the teacher know if the class can handle using an
expensive material (considering all things needed, such as a kiln, clay,
tools, proper storage)? I suppose a teacher can try if the teacher is
willing to take that risk. (And has the courage to do so.)
As I was sitting here thinking more in depth about the things I do to
corral my students when they get astray, I thought of another strategy -
detention. When I "host" detention, I use them as slave labor basically.
Detention students clean the dirtiest and yuckiest of jobs in the classroom.
After a few cleaning sessions with me, students are more responsible for
materials and less likely to cause problems.
There is never a clear cut way to handle unruly students. Students are
effected by different things. Some students need to have strict discipline,
even in art. Others need the room to move and freely express themselves.
Perhaps some means are more archaic than others - writing sentences on the
chalkboard. As teachers we need to explore different strategies and
Food for thought I suppose.

Jennifer in Michigan