The students gained confidence in their abilities. They grew creatively and as a class. They feel amazed and proud of what they accomplished!
The painting of the portraits was my favorite part of this process because it was a challenge that I felt successful in, and I got to spend time staring into my mother’s eyes and reflect on what I had learned about her.
It was extraordinary to teach 60+ students foundational animation techniques….students seemed to glow with professionalism…(they) were able to successfully engage with the assignments, work in teams, and create solely from their imaginations new worlds, characters, and stories.
When I did the play, I felt so happy sharing my family’s history to other people that came.
Students I thought would never step up, stepped up. The student who argued with me every day, and who is grieving the death of a sibling, ended up stage-managing her scene-mates. The student who had cut my class for most of the first marking period, came to class for every rehearsal. The student who lost his script three times had his lines mostly memorized…and on and on…
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