Am I glad I posted that message!!!
- Hi again everyone and thank you so much for the overwhelming response
to my plea for help!
Apart from the professional ethos that I guess binds all teachers
together, on a human level it feels just so good to know that there
are others out there who are so quick in offering help, in such a
disinterested way! I have just spent a week trying to come to terms
with bouts of jealousy amongst some of my students and I have to
admit it drained me emotionally, mentally and physically! Thanks
everyone, I really appreciate this!
Back to the project - This is the first time in my six years of
teaching I am going to attempt something like this. Like some of you
suggested, I want to invlove everyone who is in any way related to
the school. The idea seems daunting, and whereas the logistics of it
do not scare me, the actual execution of the work does! I realise I
would have to involved lots of others in the process and since I am
thinking in terms of something durable I guess (correct me if I am
wrong) that it would have to be a selected group of people who in the
end will put the whole thing together, whatveer it may be.
In the meantime, to set the pace for something like this, I thought
of having everyone fold a paper crane (origami) and put all the birds
together into a huge mobile consisting of over 1000 birds. This would
help to break the ice I guess. I had seen something similat in Munich
about 4 or 5 years ago and the overall effect that so many folded
birds creat is overwhelmingly beautiful. For those interested in
learning more about this check out:
The site has not been updated for some time but there is still a
wealth of info on it.
If anyone has any other ideas for "quicker" whole school projects,
something "easy" to start with, I would love to hear about it.
I have experience with group projects but nothing on such a large
scale. To comment about some of the issues raised in the various
replies, I did find transepriences and the use of an ohp very useful
in creating large scale murals. We have just participated in a local
exhibition here in Malta which tries to link schools in the district
(if it can be called so - Malta is VERY small!). The theme was
Mythology and I had a group of boys working on an 8 panelled mural. I
do think cohesion is important and the major challenge was that of
blending styles together but on the whole we managed quite well!
Another project that I worked on some time back and which could be
used for a whole school/group was based on collages. We had an artist
in residence for some time and she provided the kids with square
pieces of dyed silk and plenty of cutoffs. Each class was asked to
create a collage - we had birds, angels, trees... I guess the theme
could be one that runs throughout. The collages from each class were
then put together to create bigger collages. I can very easily
imagine a whole series of these and they are very pleasing to the
eye. The only drawback to this is that framing the lot can be rather
Hope to hear more about all this!