About a year ago, my supervising teacher leaned over to my desk and said nonchalantly, “For January, you will teach a Crafts class. You know, making stuff? OK?”
Stunned, I nodded my assent and stared balefully at the pitiful array of art supplies my hagwon kept. We had some origami paper squares, a dozen or so pairs of scissors, a couple of nearly spent glue sticks, and about 65 crayons. Not 65 packs of Crayolas, 65 individual, heavily used crayons. I shook my head in dismay. I had very little experience with crafts and even less with teaching children to do them, let alone children who don’t speak very much English. How was I going to manage all this chaos in my pitiful 8×15 classroom?