Middle School kids misbehaving....Write about it!
- Dear Art Educators,
Middle school years are good years to "correct" errors in their thinking
towards art (grades 5 thru 8). Those are the years when they start to think
they "suck" at art - am I right? And they screw around to get attention.
Well.... I have deliberately written about two "naughty" subjects on the
lists...politics and religion (since in many ways I am still in middle
school)....I do apologize to all (big smile). So I have written about my
reasons.... and I have been warned (smiles).
My art is all about religion too - AND my new art will be about religion I
just can't help it. My Celestial Family mixed media has many religions
represented (and I told the kids about it too - because meaning of art is
important. I had to get it across to them why I wouldn't sell that work even
if someone offered me a million dollars for it -VALUING ART)....My Personal
Shrine does, too (and I told my high school kids about it)....and so do many
others (even Galileo! I know what all of the collage says.)....
The art on my walls (sculptures too) is about religion, too.
Anyways to the point now....the idea of assigning an alternate writing
project for the naught boys and girls came up on Getty list.... This is what
I did. What works for YOU?
I have been thinking about this thread....I haven't had
time to read all yet. Writing about the
misbehavior is/was my way of dealing with things. The
only time I took materials away from kids is when we
did clay...I took clay away when they threw it....and
each time I had a "martyr" - one boy who took the
punishment for all the boys (girls too at times).
Usually only ONE would admit at the time. The others
would admit to it the NEXT trimester....and I would
always say "Did you thank so and so? (name of kid) Do
it -- because I will ask him if you did" I needed to
do a punishment that made the kids feel just a tad bit
"guilty"....I found out such wonderful things about
kids and why they misbehaved and who and what
triggered it when I had them write in "their own
words". If they didn't want to write in "their own
words" - I had the writing assignment they had to copy
(and I highlighted the parts that were most important
for them). The "clay martyrs" never gave up anyone
else. I was lucky and only had three or four in 12
years....BUT each time it gave me a chance to tell
what a martyr is/was. Clay was the "good earth" and I
demanded respect for the earth.
That was the one medium I went out of my way for each
child to complete. I have good stories.... I have
posted some of them before. Oh and I have a real
horror story about what happened when the office
wouldn't let me punish one kid (his mom wouldn't
punish him either)....I don't think I will write about
that one. He is in jail now anyways...so I guess he is
getting "punished" now...He did NOT live his name at
Folks I have been "naughty" again in my posts.... I
write about my misbehaviors all the time. My art is
all about religion....I should take more
pictures...and just give you the option of being
offended by reading my stories about them.
Marvelous Monday. "Feed your Fish" (Fish - means
wisdom and knowledge).
P.S. "in their own words" Chuckling now because of a
George Carlin routine. No one has ownership to
words....they are everyone's words who speak the
language. He did a short spiel using "his own words"
and just his expressions to go with them was such a
hoot! I had fun looking up George Carlin's naughty
words in my Encarta Dictionary
Judy Decker - Ohio
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