The other day I saw a picture of a weaving and it made me think, “I wish I had time to teach my students how to do that. To just have a day where we bring in miniature looms and they have to weave a design for me. Because there is no way they have ever gone through the process of weaving something.”
Or maybe not. I don’t know.
But I remember making a weaving once upon a time. So I know what weaving meant before we weaved through traffic. And taking a sewing class, so I know what it feels like to thread and mend. And a cooking class, so I know what makes bread rise. And a wood-working class, so I can use heavy machinery. And an architecture class, so I can read a blueprint. Most students don’t get to do all that, and I feel like that becomes more true each day. Which really limits a person’s full and thorough understanding of the world…
We’re reading a book that includes weaving as a rather prominent theme. And when I’m told to bring that theme into the classroom, that means a video clip of someone weaving. There is no time available for the students to actually have a hands-on activity. And we have technology to supplement, so why bother making a fuss about the loss?
But I want to make a fuss! Fuss, fuss, fuss!