Today I had the pleasure of working in 3 different schools sharing different projects, watching students become excited while creating and learning new things.
I ended the day sharing one of my personal passions with a good friend's students.
When I taught third grade at GE, weaving became a central part of our social studies learning as we learned about different countries and cultures. I loved sharing about weaving with Ms. Otis's students today.
A few weeks ago I saw thei-loom at a toy store and wanted to try it out. I ordered it from Amazon for $25.
This past summer I was able to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge through a grant with Donor's Choose. It was 4 days of engaging in the design process.
1. Proposing an idea of something we always wanted to create
2. Finding common souls who wanted to create the same thing
3. Learning how to create our dream with others
4. Trying and failing
5. Sharing our final design
Instead of learning how to teach, we were learning how to learn.
Here is a video that Janet Farnan our Learning Resource Coordinator took of what our SP Design Lab looks like when all of our first graders are together. Normally we don't have one grade level at a time in the Design Lab but for these special circumstances it happened and it helped me to see what our SP Design Lab could look and sound like in the future. Sometimes you have to try something different to have "aha" moments. It was an "AHA" moment for several of us.
The sounds of learning and engagement can be heard and seen. But don't take it from me... check it out for yourself through these videos or stop by and learn with us.
Butterscotch, my fawn colored English Angora bunny, was a part of our classroom for two years. She was a life saver for both me and my students. There were many days when a student would sit in our comfy chair holding her tight while reading. There were days when the world became too much for any of us and her soft calmness helped everyone to remember what is important - love.
Sometimes I think in our quest for children to be proficient in reading and math, we forget..... we all need to find a passion that speaks to us. Our children are unique and each one is not created the same... lessons that little furry friends can help with (kindness, affection, love).
This week was the first official week of fiber arts in the SP Design Lab. Our crochet group is meeting every Tuesday for a limited number of students but all of our students have access in the SP Design Lab to learn how to weave. There are two rigid heddle looms that have been warped for students to learn and create a community scarf that we will donate when completed.
The SP Design Lab is alive with many different choices for our students to try. Check out the video below to see and hear a little of what is happening this month.