The teacher employed a creative exercise amongst her students leading to a memorable gift for her to remember them by.
Teachers always try to encourage and enhance their students' skills through various exercises. Katie Motoa, an art teacher–who goes on TikTok by @bekindandmakeart–wanted to give her children an opportunity to create their own masterpiece. She brought her white dress to class and asked her kids to paint whatever they wished on it. To everyone's surprise, the outcome was beyond beautiful. She shared the entire process on her TikTok. Through the whole exercise, she ended up with a gift to remember her talented students for years to come.
The overlay text at the beginning of the video read, "POV: You're an art teacher and you let your tiny artists paint on a white dress during the first week of school." This method involves getting her beloved students to leave an imprint of themselves on her dress. The teacher put the plan into motion from the very first week. She arranged for a white dress to act as a blank canvas for her students. After that, her kids brought paint and began work on her dress. They worked on the lower half of the dress, filling it up with any pattern they wanted and their choice of colors.
The video featured several students hard at work trying to put together a beautiful gift for their beloved teacher. The tiny artists' combined efforts came out with a stunning rainbow dress. The teacher was so impressed with the dress that she shared how she plans to wear it for the entire school year. The end of the video had Motoa proudly showing off the dress to the viewers. It has been watched more than 346k times and received over 33k likes.
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The teacher captioned the video, "I've always seen teachers do this dress idea at the end of the year, but I wanted something I could wear during the year for the kids to see. I'm obsessed with how it turned out!" The method both encouraged the children's creative streak and also became a symbol of the affection between them and Motoa. This way of making memories with children is not new, and many other teachers have done this creative exercise in their classrooms before. Heather Stansberry (@heatherstansberryy) took a white dress to her first class and asked the children to draw on it. The outcome was so good that at the reveal, all the cute little artists squealed and jumped with joy.
The comment section loved how the students came together to create something so beautiful. @lb_2833 was pleasantly taken aback by the art showcased by the children on the dress and wrote, "OK, but why did it turn out SO good? I would pick this in a store!" @b.lis99 also wanted to do an exercise like this with a little twist and commented, "Omg. I should do this but with their hand prints! first day of every year." @leannesamby wrote about the impact the activity will have on the children, "Miss Frizzle energy, and that is a core memory for those kids. I bet every time you wear it, they will tell their parents about it."
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