Now that the project is underway with several helpful resources (NLP Bog #1), Project Baby Beanie is full steam ahead. One of the digital learning platforms I have settled into using is YouTube. It suits my learning style. My engagement increases and I experience greater success through visual learning, being in the Gradual Release of Responsibility process ( I do, We do, You, do), and given multiple opportunities for repeated directions. This is a good example of what Thomas and Brown explain when they say that the traditional classroom is being replaced “ in which digital media provides access to a rich source of information and play.” (MAET, 2022). All too often the first element that seems to be dismissed in learning environments is this structure of play. At what cost does this impact student learning?
Years earlier, I had received an interchangeable knitting needle kit. This project was the perfect opportunity to dust off the kit. I had made my sample to indicate how many stitches per inch to cast on for a baby beanie. The frustration set in when I noticed the needles would loosen, detach from the “circular” part thereby dropping stitches. I thought I was doing something wrong, so I started again, except I did a little more research. My search turned to twitter (@KnittingHelp) , typically not my go-to social media support. There, I found more beginner videos and helpful tips. I sent one of my first tweets asking if this was ‘normal.’ The answer was a hard no. The knitting needle kit had to go. I asked around my school for circular needles and started again. Now, my baby beanie is almost ready to begin decreasing, which means there will be fewer stitches narrowing the beanie to fit the top of the baby’s head (K2Tog Easy Decrease • Knit Two Together).
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