For the month of March , I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol19) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.
Shoelace Philosophy #sol19
March 10, 2019
A conversation between the Kennedys where I attempt to use Darin Johnston’s # genius.
Typical Saturday Morning at the Kennedy’s. Mr. K is watching something on TV and I am running around doing this and that.
Mr. K calls from the couch, We need something to replace shoelaces? Your basic shoelaces won’t work? We need these Hickie things?
Coming in to the room, I say as someone who has discussed shoelaces and shoe tying daily for the last thirty eight or so years, I’m all for something that keeps shoes tied.
Then I think about shoelaces and so many discussions about shoelaces.
Yes, that’s right. When velcro first gained popularity, many were worried that students who didn’t practice shoe tying would lose manual dexterity, eye- coordination, self-care and then not be able to develop all the skills needed to develop beautiful penmanship.
Then velcro ran its course and students went back to shoelaces… which are either hard to tie, slippery and untie, or just aren’t tied. This led to me and, I believe, others to constantly saying Stop and tie your shoes. Do you need help with those laces?
So there you have it folks, civilization as we know it hangs on the balance of students learning how to tie shoes. So I ask you, Do we need a replacement for shoelaces?