CLASSROOM – Old Stuff
National Old Stuff Day inspires this week’s classroom. But what does old stuff have to do with the classroom? First off, we repeat the same actions and routines every day. We often do them without really thinking about them. Routines are good. They keep us on schedule. They order the day in a way that makes sense to us. These are old things that we don’t have to learn to do anymore. It’s old stuff. However, change has a way of making us examine the old stuff. Sometimes we cling to a routine because we’re comfortable with it. It makes sense to us. The same applies to our students. Change can be scary, but it can also be good.
Another way to look at the day is by looking at the physical things in our life—the stuff. For students, these things might include books, games, toys, clothes, jewelry, blankets, or a backpack. Each old item might have some significance or they might not even know why they still have it. In either case, the day looks at how these items can serve a new purpose or serve the same purpose for someone else. No matter their age, students can take a look at the Old Stuff in their life and see it from a different perspective.
HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Old Stuff
Take a look at the old stuff with your students. Download and print this week’s projects for more ways to explore the day.
Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:
1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.
Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.
THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS
Old Stuff. Should it stay? Should it go? That’s something for your students to decide.
- Old Stuff Story Mashup
- Old Stuff Writing Project
- Celebration Challenge – Week 48 – February 28- March 4, 2022
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