All things Australian were the focus of Social Studies and Art this week. During Art class students learned Aboriginal Dot Art, and the techniques used to create these vibrant paintings. Traditionally Dot Art was made using a “dotting stick”, but Ms. Kerry had the clever idea to use a pencil eraser or the flat end of a golf pencil to create appropriate sized dots. Students chose a favorite Australian animal for the focus of their paintings and then surrounded these illustrations with dots. Students were also excited to see their made up Australian animals come to life on the 3D printer! Ask your student about the Dingo Devil, the Barrier Boss, and the Quaba.
It’s nearly Spring, and at The Cooper School that means one thing…Poetry! Each year, TCS creates an amazing poetry publication and puts on a poetry performance called Pass It On. For the next month, students in all classes will be fully engulfed in poetry. They will read poems, write poems, analyze poems, learn and use poetic devices such as alliteration, repetition, rhythm and rhyme. This is a favorite time of year for both students and staff, as the whole school falls in love with poetry.
Monday and Tuesday this week, I had the pleasure to sit back and watch as my students led their self-assessment conferences with ease, humor and grace. I was thoroughly impressed by their continued poise as they presented themselves, on paper and video, to their families. They acknowledged places where they wanted to grow further as a student, and celebrated with great pride where they had already shown amazing growth. This is a truly unique event at The Cooper School that sets the stage for thoughtful self-reflection that will last a lifetime.