Even though I work in a large school, I felt like I was in a very small town today. I walked into my classroom and five students (all girls) were knitting scarves and hats. They continued to do so throughout the discussion we had about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while remaining engaged and being active participants. (By the way, fish bowls are wonderful tools if you haven’t used them.)
Who says kids can’t multi-task? 🙂
Anyway, I just found it quite interesting that in this day and age of the pager, the hand-held video game, and the cell phone, the simple skill of knitting took center stage as students created holiday gifts for friends and family.
Maybe we, the adults, are a bit unfair when referring to our students. I posted the question “Are We Dumber?” and maybe instead of focusing on the kids, I should have focused on how dismissive we can be of our students and their skills. Granted, I defended the kids in my recalling the conversation I overheard, but I don’t think I fully expressed why.
My students regularly create short films, video essays, and technologically advanced presentations for my courses, and I never taught them how to use the technology. They already know how to do it! Yes, maybe another teacher taught them how to do it, but I don’t think it matters. These kids today do things I never had the opportunity (or the inkling how) to do.
Basically, some kids knitting in class impressed me. They made me reflect on how much they really do know that I rarely get to see.