Friday, October 30, 2009

What I Learned This Week

  • Handing sharp instruments to squirrely students does not have to spell "B-L-O-O-D-S-H-E-D" and in fact, can result in cleverness and creativity galore.
  • Handing sharp instruments to said squirrels DOES mean much worry and sweating and stern guidance.
  • While classroom chaos does not occur in carving class, it DOES erupt during a lesson on paper folding...go figure!
  • Perhaps having 45 students fold and race paper airplanes was not the best idea if the goal was a soft, reserved, dignified lesson plan on origami.
  • It was really fun watching the middle school monkeys and their creativity take flight, no matter how chaotic the air space.
  • Spending a lot of time working small can result in a nearly wild urge to work HUGE! 
  • Large, prestretched canvases cost as much as dinner at a nice restaurant.  Box mac & cheese it is for me!


sharon said...

Awesome piece Michelle! And you always find the right words!!

I literally LIVED on mac and cheese for 4 years in my college days, paint and canvas was and is soooo worth it!

Terri Kahrs said...

Who'd have thought of the link between origami and aircraft?!? LOL! I can see your colorful, chaotic classroom full of energy and the monkeys having the time of their lives. What a pretty picture you've painted today!

ALL art supplies are expensive - that's why artist's are generally starving!!!! Happy weekend! Hugs & Love, Terri xoxo

Bea said...

Lots of lessons learned and young souls expressing themselves under guidance. I wish all our children could have teachers like you. :)Bea

Taluula said...

Awesome piece Michelle and I just love reading about your endeavours. Keep them coming.

Jill said...

This really had me smiling - so many memories of teaching. Love your illustration, spot on.

indybev said...

Imaging your classroom brought a smile, and seeing your art did the same. I love the expression "big boy wings"!

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