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Re: the science of clay


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed May 22 2002 - 04:36:13 PDT

    What we could use are 1. See through kiln fire bricks so we can see what
is going on in there. 2. A video by Penn and Teller on these topics. They
can make anything look fun and important to know and do. Perhaps your
students can draft a letter to the comic pair and suggest a new series on
    My students are fascinated with kiln "engineering." I have a special
group of students who help me load/unload the kiln and they bid on who gets
the bent cone as a souvenir. You'd think it was a precious stone.

         Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
            Art K-5 (6) for 35 years
> Jane,
> How do you make the technical and scientific information about clay ( what
> it is, what happens to it in the kiln, what glaze is made of and what
> happens to it in the kiln) interesting to your students? How do they
> remember the information? Do you test them on it? I give my students this
> information in a short lecture and they must take notes. Seems to me that
> they aren't impressed and don't really care. I think it's important, but
> they don't always share my sentiments. Perhaps I don't make it interesting
> enough. Just wondered how others do it.
> Thanks,
> Marian
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