Friday, February 28, 2014

Clay, Catastrophes and Character.

This week my art classroom has been trying their hand at ceramics, or clay, it hasn't been fired yet. For most (one out of every class has experimented with clay before) this is their first time ever! It's day one and I am exhausted. But totally worth it.

I don't have a lot of shelf space, so I put the student's artwork on the floor.

6th grade went by with no incident.

8th graders were putting their work down next to the 6th graders, and a misplaced knee smashed some artwork. I didn't see it, I wouldn't have even noticed till the next day.

 But this student has character, she came up and told me what she did. How awesome, I was completely floored by her honesty. My first year teaching I might would have gotten upset. But this year I am learning it's more about fostering character than cleaning up a mess.  Seeing a 13 year old with that kind of integrity gives me hope for this generation, and I am so so so very thrilled to be a small tiny speck of their lives.

*Don't worry, the student whose work got smashed will get to remake it, and I will sweeten the deal with a York Peppermint Patty.

Art Catastrophes are bound to happen... Art teacher friends how do you deal with accidents like this?

Gosh, I am so ready for the weekend! Happy Friday!


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