Alternate Title: 6th Graders, the New 1st Graders.
I was watching this 6th grade student in class the other day. He was struggling to wet his paper towel with a spray bottle. I watched in amazement as he squeezed the trigger over and over, with nothing to show for it. After each attempt, he glanced at the bottle, excuse me, he glanced at the empty bottle, and then tried spraying again, clearly confused as to why it wasn’t working. He finally got frustrated, set the spray bottle down and walked away with his dry paper towel. Guys. He was standing next to the sink. The functioning sink.
A 6th grader asked me, “is it true the world has always been in color? My parents told me the world has always been in color, but I don’t think I believe them. If that’s true, then how come old photographs are only in black and white?” Before I could answer, another student replied, ” I don’t think they had any color ink back then.”
I had just finished explaining glaze and how the kiln works and everything involved in firing clay pieces. My 6th graders began glazing their pieces, when a student comes to me, with glaze on his finger, and asks, “if I put my finger in the kiln with this glaze on it, would it come out shiny and bright blue?”