Over the years as a teacher I have become a tidier, more organized person. I never used to be that way, but my grade sevens now clean their desk, put their chairs away, before they are dismissed. I want respect for our classroom, for our space, and we try to do that. That being said sometimes I LOVE when my classroom is left messy because learning was occurring. Today we had stations of inventions and innovations from Mesopotamia. Students made clay tablets, stylus's, and wrote in cuneiform. They made ships with sails, and they even created rulers to measure cubits, digits, and feet (their literal, actual feet!). They didn't want to stop, and they got to experience what life was like, before we had pen, paper, ferries, jetboats, and even plastic rulers! When that kind of day happens, I am all right that our little old classroom isn't pristine. It reminds me that we are actually doing things; we are experiencing the world. I hope you make a mess sometime soon!
Every year we have a chance for teachers and students to do a week of "What they want." It is always incredible. Normally I have done board games, and I loved that but this year I wanted to branch out, and have students do some "making." So a colleague and (Mr. Malnis) and I did the fantastic Toys from Trash. It was great to show kids some cool things, and have them just make them. Very few directions, we just made some examples, and told kids, "Go!"
Seeing where kids go with that is always rewarding. They love adding their flourishes, and the 1.5 hours went almost instantaneously: such good stuff!
If you have never heard of a 180 blog, let me fill you in. #teach180 is all about sharing your daily life in teaching. It is a way of small form blogging, reflecting on what you are doing, and sharing with the world. Check out these...