Today Congo did a quick overview of the project for the day which was building a slab/coil cup that must be at least 3 coils tall. He went over all of the instructions and then for the next 20 minutes, students built their own and Congo simply watched them and provided no feedback of critique. He wanted to see how well the students could pay attention to detail and follow instruction. I have definitely never taught like that and I think it is a really cool idea for the older grades. Maybe I will try something similar with 4th and 5th graders one day. One noticeable difference though is that his class only had 7 students, whereas my classes have 12-18.
Towards the end of class, students finished their project for the day and Congo gave an overview of how everyone did. The students then had 10 minutes to get the entire space clean. Each students had a specific task to do.
I love the way that Congo interacts with his students. He is able to talk with them as if they are adults (way more than I am able to with my students in the lower school anyway) and they usually seem to react appropriately. They seem to really respect him and his classroom space. It is a very inspiring area with tons of artwork spread about the class. I also appreciate how as students get older, they become more independent and have more opportunities in the art room to explore their own ideas.