Magazine article School Arts

Just Rewards

Magazine article School Arts

Just Rewards

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I had a little girl in a fourth-grade class who used to explode at least once during art class. There were two class clowns and a bully or two in that class of thirty-four who knew how to goad her as soon as my back was turned. Her roar could be heard throughout the building. To say that it disrupted learning in the room is an understatement. At first I was sympathetic, but soon I came to see how she really used these explosions as a tool. These howls of frustration got her lots of attention.

I tried numerous strategies as far too many weeks elapsed with little improvement. I knew that if she continued with these episodes, she would continue to be bullied. I was also concerned with the immaturity of her response. So I had her come in during recess one day and talked to her about the cause and effect of her tantrums. I indicated that the boys were taunting her just to watch her explode. Even though it would be difficult, she could work to have control over these occurrences. …

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