B13 What’s Behind the Mask? Character Building through Mask Making and Reflection

National Conference 2018

Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Arts Integration
  • Character Education

Focus Area: Culture and Character
Grade Level: Middle, High School
Class Level: 200
Facilitators:
Worster, Lorenzo
Stevenson, Jill
Manahan, David
School/Organization:
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School


Encouraging students to reflect deeply during character building can often be a difficult process. Over the past several years, we have used mask making to facilitate insightful and meaningful reflections by students. Through a multi-step process, including building “natural” masks to let go of, reflecting on their core values, and then crafting plaster masks for personalized expressions, students feel empowered to share their stories of growth and change. The masks align with the purpose of our Passages structure and also can be used to support general character development and to ritualize change of grades (i.e., from middle to high school). Participants will experience a modified mask-making process, and take with them the tools needed to implement mask making in their own programs.

Link to Videos and Presentation


Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Arts Integration
  • Character Education

Focus Area: Culture and Character
Grade Level: Middle, High School
Class Level: 200
Facilitators:
Worster, Lorenzo
Stevenson, Jill
Manahan, David
School/Organization:
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School


Encouraging students to reflect deeply during character building can often be a difficult process. Over the past several years, we have used mask making to facilitate insightful and meaningful reflections by students. Through a multi-step process, including building “natural” masks to let go of, reflecting on their core values, and then crafting plaster masks for personalized expressions, students feel empowered to share their stories of growth and change. The masks align with the purpose of our Passages structure and also can be used to support general character development and to ritualize change of grades (i.e., from middle to high school). Participants will experience a modified mask-making process, and take with them the tools needed to implement mask making in their own programs.

Link to Videos and Presentation


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