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Depending on the teacher, of course, I often sent the sample I made in class
back to the teacher along with information about the project. some teachers
welcomed the opportunity to broaden their resources. (and if they used it
the next year--great! I still had plenty of unused ideas...)
With the younger students we often made an extra or chose a special one, and
then stopped by the principal's office on the way back to the classroom to
give it to her and explain briefly what we had done. I also made a point of
inviting both the teacher and principal in to see extra special displays of
work when we posted them for evaluation and other-class sharing.
I also made a point of telling the teacher when a class had been especially
creative and/or mature in their work and, depending on the class room, we
often made it a (very) mini art show right there.. If it was a class that I
didn't escort back, I sent a note. Students were proud to be selected to
bear that kind of news.
I also made it a point to notice and comment on classroom displays ( both
teacher and student made...)
Another way to help is to inform classroom teachers when we notice a child
who is especially visual in learning style or unusually creative in their
ideas or concepts. In the more left-brained classrooms, these skills may
not be as obvious.