Haha, I love picturing San D's boys making puppets. The first time I taught weaving on cardboard looms, my boys were very resistant, but ended up doing great pieces. After the rest of the school saw the work on display, I never had another issue with boys. The football and basketball players always wanted to take extra yarn so they could work on the bus going to away games. They always did amazing pieces, and then were eager to learn crocheting so they could make hackey sacs. You haven't lived 'til you've seen a football player, big feet up on the table, concentrating intently on that fine thread and tiny hook!
Anyway, a very successful MS project I did was a 3D name. The students designed their names in an artful way that said something about themselves, then projected them large onto heavy cardstock; they then had to cut out two identical pieces for the front and back. They glued "risers" made of cardstock tubes (usually 2-3" tall) between the two pieces after decorating them both. One student's name featured--in 3D, mind you--the first few bars of "Stairway to Heaven."
---- Casey McCullough wrote:
> i have a class of mostly jr. high boys. they think my projects/me are really lame and i am having a little trouble engaging/connecting and getting them to self motivate. they have agricultural and outdoorsy backgrounds. i need some suggestions on to relate to them through some projects with more "machesmo" or projects with building or something. topics, themes, projects, lessons, units, management tips, any ideas would be appreciated.