Contributed by Jessica Kairé, Story Studio Teaching Artist
At PS306, we recently celebrated the completion of our first Story Studio unit: the self portrait. Following an intricate creative process of artmaking, during which fifth-grade students experimented with watercolor techniques and explored descriptive detail by writing their “I Am” poems, we enjoyed a day of sharing
In continuing our tradition with the classroom teachers at the school, Ms. Glemboski and Mr. Randazzo, we transformed the classroom into a silent gallery for the session. Students were offered appetizers, as they would in a typical gallery opening, and were invited to walk around the room and view each other’s work, discuss it and attach post-its with positive comments around it.
Following the excercise, Ms. Glemboski asked everyone to gather in a circle around the room so as to share an excerpt of their poems out loud. This was in fact brilliant, as it gave all students an opportunity to share their personal writing in an inclusive manner while boosting their self-confidence!