Friday, September 7, 2007

My first day of school!

My first day of school was today! Or more precisely, today was the day that I resumed running the origami club at the Montessori school. I had not put any effort into getting it advertised, and I knew some of the students from last year would be likely to have moved on --- I used to get about half a dozen students most weeks last year --- so I thought the turnout today would be small.
This, it turned out, would be a good thing: the school had shifted rooms around, and put me in a room with one small table and 4 chairs. I could get a couple more if needs warrent, but small would be good.

I was mistaken. I had five return from last year, and five more turn up for the first time! We had to move the club on short notice to the meeting room, which was set up for 12 chairs around a large table. Two more students would have been too many! And I am planning to try to persuade a few more students to come along!

They all did very well: we folded a classical fold: the Masu box, with lid and 2x2 divider in the box: and in 40 minutes they had all folded all three pieces: as they are mostly only about 9 or 10 years old, I think that this is really impressive!
And one somewhat older student came along and despite never having folded before did extremely well: I think that he will learn quickly and be a good assistant teacher for the club!

Yours, neatly creased,
N.

9 comments:

Carmi said...

Goodness has its own appeal, after all. It was total karma that you ended up with so many worthy students. You are, after all, a worthy teacher.

Well done! Wish I could sit in and observe...it's probably a very cool environment, created by a very cool instructor.

Hi from Michele's tonight. Enjoy the weekend - you've earned it.

gautami tripathy said...

Teaching is so fulfilling. Especially when kids wan to learn. I have been in both situations where kid don't give a damn. Then one has to create interest.

I want to re-learn origami..from YOU!

Michele knows that. Hence she sent mehere.

Thumper said...

If the club folds, then that's a good thing?

(Don't hit me, I had to...LOL)

Here via Michele's!

gautami tripathy said...

t that book you told me about. Before I make use of it, I must learn it for myself too..:D

I suppose Michele sent me here to tell you that.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

An origami club sounds very original.

Michele sent me here.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Michele sent me back again, BB. I like Thumper's comment.

Leigh in Atlanta said...

Wow, I always wanted to learn origami but despite being pretty good with my hands I could never seem to gte the folds right. I guess my fingers are too wide or something.

Michele sent me over to see what you were up to.

Bob-kat said...

It's so great that so many kids came back from last year and that you got so many good ones. That alone endorses how good your club is and that I feel is just as much down to how you run it as to the origami itself. Good luck with starting a new craze there!

Michele sent me over this time :)

November Rain said...

hi from michelle

I took some classes to teach english here in german

Teaching is one of the biggest honors one could have