> 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, my
> experience has been that they will contunue to misbehave and goof around. It
> 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 tell
> 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 ever
> seen. My first six months were horrid to say the least. Many students didn't
> work, and didnt seem to care at first. After lots of praise, the creation of
> a mini art gallery to get the hard workers art recognized, and projects that
> made them tell about themselves, I made some headway. My moment of glory at
> 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 fight.
> But, when the principal announced the winners of the contest, there was proud
> echos of cheers throughout the school.
> Its a struggle, I know. I hope these suggestions help. Hang in there!
> -Dawn in Tucson