My students have had their interest piqued tremendously by an activity we did on a remediation day. We were instructed to create an activity that we would not normally do. I asked my students what they wanted to do. I had several responses and we voted. We spent the day learning the very basics about sewing. I had students in and out of my room all day including my lunch and off period. They couldn't get enough. I was totally inspired by their enthusiasm.
Our district is in south Texas and exposure to new and exciting activities is limited.
As a science teacher, I am always looking for unique ways of using cross curricular integration to inspire students to see beyond our small community. Sewing is an activity that incorporates history, math, art and science. We, my students and I, would like to bring back a dying art. "Mrs. Balli, we could start a club!"
Here are some words from my students. "Trying something new and not getting a grade was awesome!" "I felt accomplished at something real." "Nobody does it anymore and I have always wanted to try." "This is something valuable I can use."
Sewing incorporates math and art, and while sewing, conversations about history and science will come up. It will also give them a sense of community. My students will be able to create quilts, clothes, and other projects.
My students need quality materials to be able to make their wildest creations come true.
Sewing machines and other essentials will make their projects move quicker and smoother. Sewing is a skill that they can use their entire life which is important for a generation that is so into DIY. It will give them tools to create something they can be proud of over and over.
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