During the last full week of school, I found a bag of scrap paper underneath our classroom sink from our animal study. I took a large piece of chart paper and started sorting the scraps by color. Soon a student came over to help. We began thinking about how we wanted to create our mosaic. Some ideas didn’t work or we didn’t have enough of one color. Eventually, we moved it to a table and decided on vertical stripes to create a rainbow.
Then over the weekend, Orlando happened and our mosaic took on a new meaning. Over the next few morning, students wandered into and out of the mural area. They sorted and glued until our memorial was complete. Due to it’s structured pattern, they were able to do this independently without any formal instruction. When it was finished, we decided to hang it outside our classroom.
- An interesting post on Brain Pickings about trauma
- The Teacher’s Role When Tragedy Strikes by ChildMind