Posted by: bwoof | March 25, 2015

Silk screening and Auto class

silkscreen1Today I learned two new things:

  1. How to make silk screen images
  2. How to identify parts of an automobile while looking at it from underneath the car

So, as I’m doing my usual walk through the halls of my urban high school setting, I try to be mindful of interesting things that could be happening. These walks are, frankly, the highlight of my day and offer surprises around every corner.  That’s how I learned about silk screening from a student who showed me the entire process from making the frame, stretching the silk, applying the light sensitive materials, etching a negative image, applying the ink, and then pressing the now positive image onto cloth, paper or other media. The final products are stunningly beautiful.

And then in auto class a student who is often (!!) labelled as not-engaged was kind enough to teach me what he had learned in the practical lesson. I now know how to find the brakes, transmission, and steering mechanism. We had a small group huddle under a car (which was on a hoist, safely braced up high) and just talked about how all the things work together. The student was particularly pleased that he knew more than I.  Oh so satisfying to see learning happen.

silkscreen2Grateful for:

  • teachers who are trying oh so very hard to meet each student’s unique best learning style
  • social workers who bring an added perspective to every real-life story
  • the HOV lane en route to Toronto via the QEW (what a difference it makes!)


silkscreen3Curious about:

  • how to overcome a teen’s anxiety about entering a classroom
  • what will our PLT look like after next week? We are ready to make next-generation changes





  1. Reblogged this on Don't Dress Like Beethoven.

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