Monday, August 15, 2011

Back to School!

I'm embarking upon my 2nd year as an Art teacher! As I work through unpacking boxes and setting up at 3 schools, I have been reflecting upon last year and deciding upon how to begin the year.

Last year, I had 3 rules: Be respectful, Be responsible, and Be Safe. I'm looking to be more specific to art but not lengthy. My classes seemed to be very 'reward driven' as I had in place what is called "Picasso Pick". 4 numbers were placed on the board at the beginning of the class period. The numbers remained on the board as long as students were on task, not too loud, be respectful,etc. At the end of the class period, a raffle was held. So if 3 numbers were left on the board, 3 numbers were picked from my box and those corresponded to numbers next to the students' names on the class roster. Students were not picked more than once without everyone getting a turn.

Any suggestions for new rules and reward system?

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