I was asked to submit an article for a local mag about the clay projects I've been doing in my classroom.
Handbuilding has always been one of my favorite units to teach at the middle school level, mostly for the joy of seeing my students get their hands dirty. All kidding aside, there is a lot to be said for making something out of nothing, having a concept and shaping a substance that came out of the earth. Clay possesses the ability to go beyond aesthetics; it serves a utilitarian purpose. I’m bet our ancestors never looked back once the cup and bowl were invented. When the clay projects come out of the kiln after glazing, my students experience a sense of accomplishment; there is tangible evidence of their learning.