Sunday, January 15, 2012

Knitting needles for demonstration purposes only

In class 1 we made knittng needles and now we are ready to learn how to knit.

For demonstration purposes only I made thicker needles and my son help me sharpen them. I even found an extra big sharpener in the store.

Brooch for real knitters

Isn't it adorable? I got it as a present from my friend Karolina from Croatia the other day. It is about 4 cm big and so sweet. Every student noticed it right away, they were enthusiastic. So was I.

Temperaments in handwork

Last week I got a visit from a waldorf teacher student from Zagreb, Croatia. She is writting her final work at the seminar about the above mentioned theme. We talked about temperaments and how they impact students' work.  I showed her some 4th grade knitting and it was so clear which temperament is predominating. 

Have you ever thought about how can we help
 sangunine child to focus or
 phlegmatic child to get going or 
choleric child to enjoy at work no matter if he is the first or not or
melanholic child to have selfconfidence and is satisfied with the progress ...

I have found an article about the temperaments and handwork here.

I would love to read some comments of yours. The theme is so importnat if one would like to address everyone in the class every lesson. How can we do that? Who is the one that we overlook the most? Who gets the most attention? Who is happy and who not after the lesson? Who likes to learn something new every now and then and who would like to know everything (on the surface only).

How do you/if you do help your students to fiish their work at the end of the school year? Do you find that important or do you leave the work undone?

What is your main temperament as a handwork teacher? 

Please write a comment, an interesting debate can appear.

P.s.: I just found an old notebook, my notes of Ron Jarman's lectures -
 about a different approach to the same problem:

there were four young people driving to the coast. The road was winding down to the sea. When they arrived they put on their bathing suits and swam. They played, ate, had fun, when the sun started to set and they set out. The road was steep and winding. The engine was discarding strange voices and it stopped. The steam shot out of the engine. They were wondering how they will get home.


Who is who? What temperament is person A, B, C and D?

And which temperament is the one who became lawyer later in life (person D)?