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This week’s member-only resource download is an HNB4M Designer Timeline Assignment. The learning goal, curriculum expectations, task and rubric are all included in this download.
Over the two past weeks I hope that you all are starting to get settled in your term work and getting to know your students. I hope that each of you know that I am always here to help you in any way that I can. For this resource blast I chose to provide sewing resources for those teaching HIF1/2O, the grade 10 fashion course and the grade 11 and 12 courses because sometimes these courses can cause anxiety if you have not sewn before. The following site provides good general information about sewing machine basics and ideas that can be used to teach the students [e.g., “test driving a machine, learning to sew straight, etc.] http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/tp/Sewing%C2%ADStraight%C2%ADLines%C2%ADTips%C2%ADAnd%C2%ADTricks.html
A good troubleshooting guide for sewing machine problems when those snags occur: http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/a/mtroubleshot.html
Below is a site with 10 easy projects that can be used to start the students off sewing. The projects are very practical as they teach the basic skills, and economical because they use little fabric. (The only downfall of this site to me is that still uses yards but they can easily be converted. Also many of the fabric shops still use imperial and the markings on the throat plates on our machines are still in inches so this may be good for the students to learn anyway.) You can give the students choice in which project they sew so they can make a project that they are interested in. Then you will simply assess a common set of standard list of competencies the students achieve (e.g., seams, quality of overall project, followed pattern, organized work area, etc.). At the bottom of the webpage there are also other websites to which to refer.. http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/tp/teneasiest.htm
Also, as a reminder, safety in the sewing class is important so doing a safety lesson is vital. Here is a link to a safety passport class lesson. http://www.ofs3hlc.org/teachers/documents/fashionlabsafety.doc
Lastly there of course are many resources on OFSHEEA’S Pinterest site and You Tube videos to help you. https://www.pinterest.com/ofsheea/
SEWING WITH THE STUDENTS CAN BE FUN SO PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ENJOY THE CREATIVITY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT THAT CAN OCCUR!!
Till next time, Camille Naranjit, OFSHEEA Central West Chair