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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]bcloring
Thu, 23 Sep 1999 16:31:43 -0700
I have taught english and art for many years...it has always kind of seemed
unfair to use someone else's
subject area as "punishment" to me...reading and writing are pretty hard to
motivate sometimes anyway and when they are a punishment mode it kind of
furthers the aura of something that is not fun or positive.
When i went to my first jr. high i took over from a weenie guy that allowed
a lot of "freedom of expression" that i disagreed with.. i understand how
heinous 8th grade groups are...after really feeling like nothing was ever
gonna get done i mapped out the whole curriculum and got some cool ideas
from friends ...the art projects themselves became rewards..."if you are
quiet and learn the basics we will
build screamers or work with clay or marble paper...most the kids
wanted to do the projects so the
group kind of slowly camae around...the non compliant ones cleaned under the
sink, scraped gum off
of table bottoms and chairs and cleaned everone's brushes...you know...grit
work..." I hope maybe this will help some. I know how it feels when a group
of awful eight graders marches over your bones....
----- Original Message -----
Sent: 22 September 1999 18:45 PM
> Dear Friends:
> How do you feel about certain real, out of control classes that can't
> art, (fighting, yelling, profanities,etc.) and the teacher has given
> up--well; you get the idea...I was thinking of giving them written work
> instead of hands on art projects.. Has any of you ever done this? I
> despise doing this, but some of my classes are really HORRID (8th grade
> especially). There are a few good kids that I feel real sorry for. I
> don't think the bad ones deserve art.
> What would YOU do if you were ME?!?!
> Thanks in advance-it means a lot!!