Last Thursday was a terrible awful no good day in art at school #2. I really, seriously thought about putting in my papers for retirement if it meant I never had to go back there. I had everything from surly, nasty attitude 5th graders to a head swiveling, bi-polar 4th grader who I had to remove from the art room.I was exhausted! So a few days go by, the memory starts to fade and then, WHAM! It's Thursday again. So I met the offending classes in the hallway OUTSIDE of the artroom and told them, en masse, that if they didn't abide by the artroom rules, I would take them back to their classroom and sit with them, heads down, until art was over. I made this speech in front of each homeroom teacher to emphasize to the kids that their teacher would be very unhappy if this were to occur during their planning time.
Flash forward to dismissal time today. Not one student sent to the office and apologies and hugs from the bi polar head swiveler! I did not inform the classroom teachers I was going to make the speech beforehand, but no one seemed upset about it.
It was a good day.