Today is a student driven day where kids are working in groups then individually on an artistic vocabulary depiction or a creative writing assignment. It requires me to set it in motion then it more or less continues on its own.
Why am I sewing? Well a student ripped off a button a month ago that is still ripped off. I told him I'd repair it for him since nobody else would and he doesn't know how. I happened to have a needle and thread so I said yes on one condition: He watches and learns. It's funny how once someone admits they have a problem, everyone around them starts to fess up too. The number of kids that needed patches and button work was shocking, as was the number of kids that didn't know how.
I ripped so many pockets, shirts, and tore off so many buttons that my mother refused to do it anymore. She made me learn and I'm better for it.
I know this won't end up on my end of year evaluation, but the "I'll remember this forever" from one of the students should count for something. I know it counts to me. I call those students learning a life skill a measurable success.
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