Barton Open School - Allison Rubin - Uppers (7th and 8th Grade) - 1 hr.

February 19 - February 25

It's over. I have officially and totally completed my residency at Clara Barton Open School. This residency, being my first, was absolutely phenomenal. Even with the limited time that I had, I feel that I got to know the students in different way. Seeing the students faces light up when I revealed the final piece to the class brought a joy greater than just seeing them be so enthused when they were creating the original tessellations. Knowing that the students have such a pride in the work that they've created is a very strange and new feeling for me, but also one that gives such a great deal of comfort. I went into this residency very concerned that the students would not be interested in the project and that it would ultimately flop. In the end I am really grateful that I was able to have the experience that I did. A lot of the concerns and preconceived notions that I had about middle schoolers were dispelled for the better and allowed me to grow in a way that I didn't expect. 

I would like to extend a major thank you to Alli and her students for allowing me into their  classroom, and allowing me to get the experience that I did.