I loop with my students, which means my students and I have the pleasure of working together for two years. We are located in East Harlem and serve predominantly African-American and LatinX populations. It is also a Title I school, and many students qualify for free lunch. Despite facing certain systemic educational and economic inequities, the students at our school thrive academically and socially. To the best of their abilities, they arrive at school motivated to learn and be the best version of themselves each and every day.
What is most impressive about the students in my classroom is their creativity to always come up with better ideas than many adults and, more importantly, their desire to share their knowledge with others.
My students truly enjoy collaborating, taking their learning to the best level, and embracing a growth mindset.
There is much support for the following benefits of learning to crochet and knit: decreasing stress and anxiety, helping to sleep better, aiding in mindful breathing, making you feel productive, providing a sense of community.
Teaching during COVID and working with my students in-person again, I find the aforementioned benefits to crocheting and knitting to be essential.
I find myself lecturing about these topics, but for elementary school-aged students especially, it is always better to show than tell. As such, I intend to teach crochet in fourth grade and knitting in fifth grade, since I have the benefit of being with my students for two years. I want each of my students to have their own set of materials so that they can use them at school and at home. Not only will this project promote lifelong social emotional mindfulness and wellbeing, an intention of this project is to lessen my students' screen time and increase dexterity and hone fine motor skills. In addition, I intend to teach my students how to make functional items for themselves and their loved ones: scarves, hats, hand warmers, etc.
With knitting and crocheting, my hope is not only to teach my students how to keep themselves warm physically but also emotionally. I hope that my students will embrace these skills in the present moment and for their futures.
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