Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Okay, I know my class is more fun than most - art just is more fun than, say, algebra or social studies. (Well, I enjoyed algebra, but you know what I mean.)
But it is 10 minutes after the bell rang, 12 minutes after I said it was time to clean up, 5 minutes after the next class should begin - and I have about 2/3 of my class still in my room!!!!!! No matter what I say, I can't get them heading out!
So the question is, why don't their next teachers make the students feel a need to get to class on time?
I don't care how boring the subject matter is, the teacher can make it fun and exciting and interesting. Get the students involved! There are all kinds of hands on projects where the students research or interview or calculate or whatever. There's no reason students shouldn't want to go to class.
Plus the teacher needs to be the authority figure - as in be in class, take attendance, deal with tardiness, and create an atmosphere where students are responsible for their attendance.
Plus I had a crew of girls who were in my room rehearsing a dance all last week (during lunch periods, okay, but later out of someone else's class - what???) - at least they did win 3rd place, and one of the girls gave me a big hug for letting them rehearse in my room.
And I have a bunch of students who come in during lunch, either to visit or work, because "out there is boring."
So - I'm glad to provide that atmosphere for my students, where they feel cared about and motivated and creative and responsible.
I just don't understand why their core subject area teachers aren't doing that too.