|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.8||August 2008|
|Cover Story by Alan Haskvitz|
|NCLB/Poor Teacher Training:|
End of Gifted Education?
|The most at risk students in the nation are the gifted. Here’s why.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|A Computer Teacher Shows the Way|
|»||Tools for the Coming School YearCheryl Sigmon|
|»||Get the Most Out of Being Mentored - Part 2:Take ResponsibilityHal Portner|
|»||Get Set for the Best Year Yet!Sue Gruber|
|»||UPDATE!! Hooray! I did it!Sue Gruber|
|»||"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 1Leah Davies|
|»||School is a VerbTodd R. Nelson|
|»||5 Classroom TipsMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||Who’s Cheating Whom? (Part 2)|
|»||Responsibility Equals Participation|
|»||The Classic Pirate|
|»||August 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||UNESCO Survey Finds Underprivileged Children Also Disadvantaged in the Classroom|
|»||Good Grades Are Nice – But Mastery is Better|
|»||A Teaching Guide for Libby Bloom|
|»||Brain Based Learning Chat Transcript with Dr. Daniel S. Janik|
|»||Being Mentored Chat Transcript with Hal Portner|
|»||6 Traits Writing chat|
|»||Make the Call!|
|»||High School Physics - "First" or "Last" - Must and Can Be Mathematical|
|»||What would you do...|
|»||Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids|
|»||A Candle of Inspiration: August 2008|
|»||School Photographs for August 2008|
|»||Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: August 2008|
|»||Video Bytes: Mathmaticious, Stand up for P.E.!, Becoming a teacher and More|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for August 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: August 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Lighting a Spark About College|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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Special addition to the July 2008 Teachers.Net Gazette
Hooray! I did it!
|by Sue Gruber, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Courses for K-6 Teachers
Regular contributor to the Gazette
August 1, 2008
My photo albums haven't been touched and I haven't been in my classroom since mid-June, but my mosaic table is finished!! (See Sue Gruber's July 2008 article, a lighthearted perspective on what summer break can and should be.)
I had a stack of 3 or 4 chipped plates I'd been saving. My mom gave me a bag full of pieces of a gorgeous "flow blue" plate that she dropped and broke. My husband and son were at a garage sale and came across a stack 2 feet high of old china plates. All of them were chipped and best of all most of them were totally different patterns. They bought the stack for $2!!!
Here's how I made the table:
It took way more pieces to finish than I thought it would. I ended up sifting through my discards more than once to get more pieces. There was something very addictive and relaxing about the process of placing the pieces. It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle. I'd start working on it and the next thing I knew, it would be 2:30 a.m. I love the finished product! It's a fairly even surface and not sharp at all.
Here are some pix to show you the details. You can see how thick the tabletop is in one of the pictures. The table base is pretty sturdy so it's not tippy or top heavy.
The plates were very different thicknesses. The tile adhesive is pretty thick. I really did use a butter knife to spread adhesive on the back of each piece. To make the surface as even as possible, thin plates were given a thick adhesive layer and thick plates had very thin coats of adhesive. I used a bench grinder to smooth the pieces. I think a small hand held one would take forever.
One of the pictures shows the table edge where I used the rims of the plates to make the edge smooth and finished looking.
Just for fun, I decided to use the backs of some of the plates to make it more interesting. (See photo.)
My next door neighbor is incredibly crafty...she likes the table so much she's planning to do a bathroom counter. I bet it'll look great.