Authentic Celebrations of Learning

Author: Aubrey
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This week, I had so much fun at our district high school art show reception. Along with the art show, we had a runway show to showcase the work of our students in the cosmetology program! It made me think about how powerful it is to have truly authentic celebrations of learning.

The students in the program had created headpieces made entirely out of hair! What an amazing display of artistic talent! The variety and detail was stunning! The students also did the (natural) hair and makeup for the models for the evening.

The runway was built by our construction program. Again – an authentic project to be used at an authentic event. Pretty cool!
The models were entirely professional – this wasn’t some giggly kids show, but they had their walks choreographed and timed and looked amazing while doing it.
Authentic audience. That is one of the cornerstones of project-based learning, and it was on display this night. Before this, I had no idea that our cosmetology department engaged in projects like this. I didn’t think much about our construction program! These are all a part of our Career & Technical Education (CTE) program, which sometimes isn’t given the same weight as our traditional “academic” classes…but why?
It’s important for kids to find their place and talents, and some of them clearly shined this night. I’m grateful that we had such an amazing and appreciative audience to cheer these kiddos on and a great venue to hold the show in!
How are YOU celebrating your students’ creative talents? How often do they get to share with an authentic audience?

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