Help me give my students these IZ-PRO Tamperproof Lockable Noticeboards, as a display place for their wonderful artwork! They work so hard! We just don't have anywhere to show it to the world (anyone walking past class)!
I have the fortune of teaching art in a middle school full of enthusiastic learners! They come from all kinds of diverse lives. They are eager and willing to engage in unfamiliar art processes. Whenever I have an opportunity to present a lesson in an unusual way, these students get excited!
It is amazing what these kids can come up with in art class given opportunity!
When my students can feel comfortable in their environment, they are more ready to do good, thoughtful, meaningful work.
Wow! One thing I have learned teaching middle school for the first time this year is that kiddos at this age are completely delicate in their self-confidence! I have spent half the year trying to figure out how to convey to students they truly have the "talent to try!" At the same time that I have been attempting to convince my brilliant students that they should be brave to give their best attempts at new art processes, I have also been trying to find a good space to display their precious output! I know that when students believe in themselves, they do the best they can. Even if their work doesn't turn out as they had hoped (I got a "C" in ceramics myself, but college was the very first time I ever was introduced to it!) , they can find some true self-discovery in what they have produced!
It is awesome to see their eyes light up with pride when my students recognize that their art is good enough -that it means something, no matter what!
These kids come to my class unsure if they can make art that has meaning or worth. I try to use every resource, every example, every possible thing I can think of to help them realize that their self expression is worthy! Not having a good, safe space for artwork, I haven't displayed any artwork to the school, because I don't want anything to happen to the precious time and effort these kids spend. Not having this display option for these kids to show pride in their artwork, has been detrimental to their individual confidence, and therefore output effort. If we could get these display cases for the wall outside of our class, I bet it would greatly increase their self confidence!
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