There is a new first grade boy that started a few months back and he had some very extreme behavior issues. He always started power struggles with me and caused a ruckus. Whenever he saw me in the halls, he just glared at me and it made me so sad that he didn’t enjoy art.
His behavior (that I’ve seen) has gotten better, but he is changing homerooms so now he will be coming with my art therapy first graders, which I’m happy about for the smaller class size and more support. Yesterday, he was wandering around the room and not finishing his work, but he noticed that there was a tiny bisqueware monster in a container on my desk. He fished it out and asked what it was. We had glazed pinch pots the week before and I had a mini glaze station set up (for classes where students were absent) so I let him go back and glaze it after he finished his work.
I just habitually make these little clay monsters from leftover clay sitting around after lessons, so I let him glaze a whole bunch of them. I had kind of wanted to glaze them, but I was just so happy that he was behaving and enjoying art!
This morning, he stopped by my room to say hi on his way to class with a smile on his face. Definitely almost cried. (definitely making more clay monsters to have around just in case)