Finding good resources for your next topic can be very time consuming. Often you will be buying new books and this can mean expensive mistakes if you can’t use what you buy in the way you intended. Hopefully this list will help save you time and money.
My example is for our recent topic about Africa
This website lists suggestions and, if you then read the Amazon feedback for any book you’re thinking, of you’ll find comments by other teachers on the suitability of the book.
Yesterday was another opportunity to visit Rothbury and get up onto the hill. Setting off from opposite the bus station (no longer here) we walked up through the town (is Rothbury a town or a village?) and past the cottages. (Click for bigness on any of the photos.)
Once onto the climb up hill the micro climate in the trees was very warm and we passed between the bilberry bushes and new bracken. Near the foot of the hill the floor was carpeted with bluebells and forget me nots, higher up the heather took over and the deciduous trees were replaced by pines. Once half way up the views begin to open out of Rothbury below and I am struck by how fresh and green it looks now compared to our last visit only a week or two before but when winter still had Northumberland in it’s grip. Even then we had left Wallsend in spring and arrived at Simonside still looking like winter had a hold. Yesterday however, spring was definitely on the hill as well as in the valley.
Fascinated with the idea of a poor man’s paper DD2 takes a closer look at a silver birch and begins to relax and enjoy the sunshine. It always takes a while to get her head out of the city and into the walk and she wasn’t feeling 100%. School takes it’s toll and it’s half term so we both benefit from a little quiet time to recuperate and recharge the batteries.
But it is soon possible to relax.
One of the reasons for this return to blogging is as a response to a Ravelry discussion about blogs. In a nut shell I suppose the discussion is about authenticity. Should we stage our photographs and create an idealised image to display our crafts at their best? Is this bucolic idle in response to marketing norms which we either consciously of unconsciously internalise and replicate? Do the blogs we follow and continue to read for years reflect a desire for an unrealistic perfect life? Or have we begun to turn away from an impossible to achieve creation because it does not inspire but instead leaves us feeling unworthy and our crafts less than that of others?
Should I show you my newest project set in a ‘Rowan’esque location and moodily lit?
Or would you rather see it as it really is? The criticism of Rowan’s style is that it fails to show the details of the garment. You cannot see from this photo that I adapted the original design and didn’t use short row shaping on the cuffs or bottom ribbing. I do like all the posed and perfect shots of beautifully lit craft work but I know that those bloggers who only use pictures like this are not showing me all of their crafting. Shall I show you the new project amongst the chaos of my daily living space? Or shall I artfully arrange a vase of perfect blooms as I frame the shot to exclude the unwashed lunch dishes? This jumper makes me very happy🙂 I like the fit and the fabric and the colour and in fact everything about it. My guilty confession is that I only realised as I got home last night that I had forgotten to sew in my ends! No, you can’t see that on any of the pictures, but if you could what decision would I make about revealing my real self to you instead of my generated image of competent craft person? Is the marketing shot too trite, too bland, too contrived? Do you want to know more about the maker? In this false intimacy we have created between us do I want to share what I had for lunch, my struggle to keep my weight down, the imperfections of my reality?
Here are some more photos of our walk and of my new jumper🙂 These are also staged in as much as I asked DH to take them to show off the jumper and that I chose to do that out on Rothbury moor and not in my back yard. Was I trying to impress you? Did I want you to think my jumper was better than it is? Did I not trust you to see it’s value in and of itself?
And that really is enough photographs of one jumper! The other pleasing photo of the day knittingwise has no aesthetic merit but is my first pleasing action shot of the Wurm hat and handspun gloves.
A well over exposed picture as the light was going at 8.30pm. In the interests of full disclosure I might tell you what was crossing my mind at this point, erm, well, it involved finding somewhere to spend a penny before we fully re-entered the houses and left the trees behind. Nothing to do with knitting!🙂
The rest of our day after the photographs of the jumper, under the trees, went like this:
Finally off to the chip shop before we drive home.
What we saw on the way home is another story!
With a growth of fixed term contracts many teachers will start the new school year in another new school. I am one. The current year has been a great one, over almost as we start the last half term. Busy busy and lots learnt, by the teacher at least, and hopefully the pupils too. It’s hard to know what real impact you have had. Oh, yes, I can tell you what my end of year assessment says in terms of sub-levels of progress. But real life long learning that will stick past the summer break and through another teacher next year? I can’t honestly tell you about that. They will I hope remember me for a little while yet, I hope they will think we’ll of me and of our time together, we have laughed and had fun together. I do know that I will remember them. I’m glad the assessments are mostly over because we still have 7 weeks before the end of the year and lots more to do.
This blog used to have lots of my knitting and spinning on it, but the demands of planning and resourcing mean that time of craft is limited. But there has been craft at school. Collage, weaving, and some wet felting too. I have enjoyed sharing these and learning how hard it can be to communicate what have become simple activities to a novice. We forget how much practice goes in to even basic tasks before we become proficient. .
New year new school new schemes of work. Loving my geography work for September, how can we change the view from the window? Foreseeing lots of cross curricular links and themed work from this stimulus. Yay! Bring it on, is it Spetember yet?
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