From Rob Seitz and Recycled Fashion: As I was setting up a Recycled Fashion class at Hand Middle school I had the opportunity to meet and talk with a student who was not in my class. I was sitting in the cafeteria organizing my supplies when two energized young men walked in making a loud indecipherable exclamation something like, “HUH!” I’m supposing they were taking a roundabout route to where it was they were supposed to be going or wandering around without permission but instead of grilling them on their behavior I decided to introduce myself. They were very polite and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was setting up for a class and explained how I teach fashion design, clothing repair, and creative reconstruction of old clothes. They seemed very interested and stayed a while to chat.
Usually only young women sign up for a fashion class but I find that when I have a chance to explain the young men are equally interested. I’m glad I was able to share these ideas and make a connection with students who I wasn’t scheduled to meet.
Another joy of working at Hand is hearing the occasional, “Mr. Rob!” from former Washington Elementary students as I’m walking through the building. Its great to maintain a connection with former students as they grow and move on to different schools.
I think its important for teachers and students to see that they have a community of caring and reoccurring characters.