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Lesson Plans

A Funny Thing Happened

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Thu, 24 Dec 1998 16:21:59 -0500

I wasn't sure I wanted this floating around in cyberspace, but what the
heck! I think it was my first year of teaching high school. We had just
completed a unit on architectural orders and had drawn columns and I
thought sculpting the the columns would lead in to ceramics quite nicely.
The students had rolled out coils of varying lengths and thicknesses and
were smoothing them and cutting fluted surfaces on them. I had turned my
back to write something on the board, and I'm not sure if this was
choregraphed or not (thinking back on the students I had then, it probably
was), but they all had straight faces and were working so diligently. When
I turned around the columns were all (or most of them) standing "erect" on
each desk with students "stroking" and smoothing or carving into the clay.
It was one of those moments that completely caught me off guard--I
immediately left the room to keep from exploding with laughter and to gain
my composure before trying to finish the project. I decided to drop that
project from my curriculum.

Thank goodness for the funny times--they certainly do make the job a little

Happy Winter Holidays to all from Georgia!!!

Judie J