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The things teachers need to worry about......

Monday, March 28, 2011

As many of my friends know, I'm working on a big project with my students - we're learning about medieval and Renaissance art (and literature and history) through heraldry, pageantry, and comparing all of this to our local Carnival. We will have a culminating event (a parade and a race) right before Carnival - students will hang their groups' banners, wear coordinating T shirts, have "histories" of their groups, and will also have flags to wave around. My principal wants this to be a presentation/event for the entire school, but I need to talk to my classes before I agree to that.

Plus my advanced art class will perform a (very) condensed version of Romeo and Juliet at the territorial Shakespeare Festival.

So - all of this is to say that there is a need to study medieval and Renaissance weaponry. Especially for Romeo and Juliet. And I have a friend who has travelled the world, and he collects weapons and various artifacts on his travels. (His wife collects fabric and jewelry - they have some truly incredible pieces.) So I asked my friend if he could come talk to my classes about weapons, especially swords - and bring some examples to show the students. We set a time and date, I explained how to find my class - and he said "Now this is okay, right, me bringing weapons to school?" I know my principal, and I assured the friend that this was okay. THEN I raced up to Mr Principal and explained our project, the situation, what I wanted from my "guest speaker" and finished with "so it IS okay to bring the weapons to school for this, right?" He laughed and assured me that this was okay.

Whew! It didn't occur to me that it might NOT be okay, til the friend asked!!!! I mean, we're talking antique swords here - I can't imagine the school police picking him up for possible assault or anything! But now I have a verbal okay, so there shouldn't be any problem.

My kids are going to be beyond thrilled!!!!!
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    What a great idea but you're right, in this day and age you have to check everything out.
    2038 days ago
    That sounds awesome!
    2038 days ago
    What a great project and you thought of everything! Well done!
    2039 days ago
    Great project: and one of those days your students will tell their kids about, in due course!!

    Doing what you do is worth it . . . yeah!!
    2039 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful project! have fun....

    As for "weapons" at school, we had to confirm with the school that it was OK to do the Sword dance with the sword (a traditional Highland dance performed over a sword) at a school talent show. My daughter was in Kindergarten - she was allowed to bring them as long as they stayed in my possession...
    2039 days ago
    Yeah, I'm feeling good about this project. And I'll remind the friend not to demonstrate with a sword, LOL!

    I've started experimenting with a T square, a cardboard "point," and some heavy duty foil - makes quite a wide sword, but I think it could work.
    2039 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful theme project, looks like you have thought ove everything. Your students should really enjoy it, benefit from all the hands on learning you are providing, and really be able to relate to and remember this unique study. Glad your principal allowed the presentation!
    2039 days ago
    Joys of education. Now, please remind your dear friend that if any of the students seem to lose interest it is not appropriate to use the sword even in that instance.

    Sounds like a great event. I am sure the students and their families will love it. Way to go!
    2039 days ago
    that sounds wonderful you thought things through in advance and like you said you have a okay on the project. When i see musicals on TV i do think in todays world pulling it off might be a very hard struggle like when Helen Crump on the Andy Griffin show worked with the students on dancing so to please the principle they went back to his time and he had to swallow hard for what he thought was innocent then did not seem quite true in the long run
    2039 days ago
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    That is brilliant. They will have such a good time.
    2039 days ago
    How fun! My children would love learning that way! I know how strict the schools are getting now days, and it is good that you & your friend got the okay. As a parent of 3 children, it would be neat if one of their teachers did that... I know it would get their attention! LOL! emoticon What a great opportunity for your class. Teachers are such great impact on our children; and my children have been blessed with such special teachers. Keep up the great work! :-)
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    2039 days ago
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