Ceramics and Persuading with PowerPoint

By: Ms. Miranda

The past few days have been made my teaching heart beam with pride and joy for my students. Wednesday was a big day full of nerves as the learners of classroom 5 gave a very formal and well-planned Power Point presentation for members of our school board. Over the past month or so, they’ve been researching and studying the best ways to persuade an audience. They knew tricky questions would be asked and that they needed to be experts on their portion of planning for the superadobe amphitheater. We talked a lot about sounding and looking like young adults; they knew they would not be taken seriously if the board saw them as immature students. By the end of our 1-hour long presentation, members of the school board gave their unanimous support with moving forward on our project. We do have more work ahead of us, they say, as we must develop solutions for water drainage and come up with a better estimate of total costs. Thank you Ms. Milazzo for helping the students to realize how valued their opinions truly are!

Ms. Newberry and Ms. Becker are quite the dynamic dou! This week, the kids had a formal gallery walk of pieces that have been bisque fired and glazed. They used colored slip to add color to the greenware (formed but dry clay) that’s been drying in the storage room. With very delicate hands, the young artists carefully handled their fragile pieces. It is so heart-warming to see students’ eyes come alive with art. Whether 2-D or 3-D, everyone is growing more and more confident in their ability to think, CREATE, and feel proud of their unique products!

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