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Lesson Plans

Re: Have Advice for Ceramics??

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Thu, 30 Dec 1999 00:10:08 EST

In a pinch once, I gave my students some masonite drawing boards to use for
clay work. No time to cover boards with cloth. I like the masonite better,
for large classes.
By using the textured back side, the clay doesn't stick.

I am a fiend about keeping the air quality clean in my classroom, so I spent
some time teaching my students to actually scrub them off with a scrub brush
and rinse in the sink, after first scraping them into the trash with a cheap
plastic scraper. They do after this each period. Two people work together (or
more if they beg) and their boards are numbered so I know who isn't cleaning
theirs. I have a severely asthmatic student, and I never felt she was in
danger. This was the first time I didn't have trouble with dustiness in the

On the downside, the boards will have to be replaced after a while due to
warping. Keeping them well drained helps. Those without big sinks would
probably not be able to get them rinsed.


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