The school I have taught in for the last six years underwent a total remodel this summer. As finishing touches were put up around the building this week, I noticed contractors going around and installing brand new manual pencil sharpeners. This act sparked a hot debate among teachers about whether or not they wanted these throwbacks in their classrooms. Some teachers were excited about having a simple, familiar, and accessible machine for the students to use. Others declared the old style pencil sharpener’s obsolesence, opting for slick, electronic models. It really got me thinking about ways we embrace technological advances in the art room and ways we cling to tradition. I want to hear from you!
What “old school” traditions or materials are still vital to your classroom?
On the flip side, which “new fangled” things are worth keeping around?