Have I Just Bitten off More Than I Can Chew?
I am a bit worried, to be honest. On Fridays I teach Design and Technology (D.T.) to ten and eleven year olds, and last week I started a project all about Recycling that will be spanning five weeks. I got very excited and inspired at the prospect of planning some resourceful recycling projects for my pupils to tackle over the next five weeks, but I think I may have been a little over-ambitious!
After lots of internet searching, I finally came up with three projects that I thought we could tackle. Have a look and see what you think:
1. Recycled magazine bowls and containers that look like these:
2. Old Vinyl Records made into bowls:
3. Beads made out of cereal boxes:
A class of 34 ten and eleven year olds should be able to handle that, right? Over the course of five weeks? It’s not too much to ask is it? Well. I am begining to think it may be.
Last friday we began. I thought we’d start with the magazine bowls, as they were going to be the most time consuming. We cut, we folded, we glued, we twisted, the adults went wild with the glue guns. We worked solidly for almost two hours. And after all of that all I had to show for it was a very messy classroom, some very hyper kids, and one tray (yes, just one tray) of rolled up magazine spirals :-(. And not even a full tray at that. Probably not enough for one decent sized bowl, let alone 34.
I have tried to grab free moments this week to frantically try to make more magazine spirals, and folded lots of pages ready for the children to make their spiral bases for their bowls tomorrow.
I am very worried though. I have four Fridays left to complete the projects, and I’ll be lucky if we get to finish the magazine bowls, never mind the other projects I wanted them to do! I am hoping that they will all be able to make a bowl out of an old record, I have a big pile of old worthless records kindly donated to me by a charity shop, and they are really quick and easy to make, but I think I will have to shelve the idea of making the cardboard beads. I wish I had more hours to do D.T with the kids at school, because there is no way we can tackle any of the more ambitious projects I think of within the time-frame I am allotted. Which is a shame, because it reduces D.T to nothing more than a bit of junk modeling in Primary schools, glorified art lessons rather than useful life skills. Shame really.