My students need a new kiln because our current kiln cannot maintain a temperature and heats unevenly.
My students come from all walks of life. Even though many of them come from high poverty backgrounds, they come in with a smile. I have a diverse group of students, who come together as a classroom family every day. I am pleasantly surprised how much they care for each other as well are other citizens in our community.
A few shining examples of student led projects include: a school wide kid to kid coat drive, trick or treat for UNICEF, and raising money for the Heifer International organization.
Students thought of these projects on their own through the inquiry based International Baccalaureate units.
These globally minded citizens are still kids, they enjoy learning through games an other hands on experiences. I want to keep them engaged in school. The more positive experiences I can provide, the more kids come to school to be a part of the community. Please help me support them as they support others.
At the present time we cannot do clay art successfully at our school. Our current kiln is so old it will not hold temperature and heats the projects unevenly. Often about half of a class ends up with a ruined project by the end of firing. This can be very disheartening to elementary students.
As parents, we treasure these small pieces of artwork that our children give us.
My students do not have the opportunity that so many of us remember doing as children. I cannot give them the experience of clay without the fear of an many ruined clay projects.
I plan to incorporate the kiln into many international baccalaureate inquiry units. Students will be able to gain a deeper understanding of of our Transdisciplinary Themes by creating three dimensional art.
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