The 6th graders at Santa Fe Trail Elementary brought their creativity to bear last week making wizards out of stoneware clay. Wizards are a project I usually introduce to 6th graders since the construction requires skills the younger students haven’t mastered yet.
The other key skill students need before they tackle wizards is patience and the ability to focus. The process of making a wizard is multi-stepped and detailed. While 1st and 2nd graders can usually pay attention long enough to finish an oogly, students need to be older to concentrate on a project like wizards. The 6th graders at Santa Fe Trail did a fantastic job of following directions and staying focused on their projects. The proof is in the outstanding results.