The majority of students in our school are from low-income, urban families. Many of them have had some sort of trauma or stress in their lives which impact their ability to learn or stay motivated through the challenges of school and life in order to prepare for college and a successful future.
We serve at risk urban high school students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
The students in my classes range in abilities. They make me smile every day with stories from their lives, and they inspire me with their ideas and creativity!
Disengaged students in my Cultural Arts class will be able to learn about textile creation through the social and cultural tradition of weaving by using the Schacht Student Looms. Because of a limited supply budget I have very basic materials to work with for lessons, which many students have expressed seem redundant. This causes them to disengage.
My students are thirsty for new, mature artistic experiences.
Having real looms to work on will excite them and engage them in the learning process, as they have been uninterested in using the rudimentary recycled cardboard looms that I made. They will study textile designs and patterns from their culture of origin, which will also help them engage in learning through personal connection. These looms will give them an authentic and sophisticated learning experience and will also excite them to learn.
I want to also offer them the choice of flexible seating appropriate for weaving, which will enhance their experience. With backjack chairs, some students will have an opportunity to sit comfortably in Circle together in community with one another in a special area of my classroom that will be set up, which is another way I hope to engage those who have a tendency to isolate themselves and disengage in learning. This will provide a learning environment that goes beyond learning technique, as well as build an appreciation for the social tradition of weaving.
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