We are an urban high school lack of necessary materials and resources for our students to thrive. Our neighborhood is high poverty and we are considered to be one of the most challenging schools in our area. We have serious attendance problems and many students who are not engaged in learning.
I have taught here for 17 years and enjoy the creative spirit of my students.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of seeing my students discover talents they never knew they had. I strive to expose them to as many diversified artistic experiences as I can.
At this point in the year, my students have acquired skills in hand building with clay and are now enjoying throwing on the potters wheel. Working on the wheel is fun, fascinating, and engaging. I want to keep the momentum going.
In ceramics class, the students learn how to work with clay by pinching, coiling, rolling slabs, and throwing on the wheel.
My students have done great work this year and have been very productive to the point where we are running out of the necessary resources for ceramics.
They have worked with hand building skills and are now working on the potters wheel. The wheel is very cool and special because it teaches students patience and focus. They love it! Students who were loosing interest and often not coming to class are now coming and eager to work. The success the students are having is contagious and has created a renewed positive energy. I want to keep this energy going and continue to challenge them to do more.
The clay is needed to keep students engaged throughout the remainder of the year. They also need to have the glaze colors they have envisioned to complete their pieces.
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