Here's a sneak peak inside our new Maker space, the official 'handover' is today (all going to final inspection) and the shelves are being installed this arvo. Soooooooo exciting. This building started it's life as a 3 bay garage for school van parking and storage.....over the years it had become just a storage shed. The transformation is amazing......I'm hoping to have a group of students create a movie this term on the whole process as they took timelapse video of the build throughout. Structually the partitions had to stay so I am making use of the 'bays' with shelving and drop down tables......I'll post again when its set up so you can all see the choices I have made in both the design process and the layout.
I recently read a blog post on the ECE NZ Facebook Page about a great little poetry picture book written and illustrated by two NZ'ers - "Feel a Little" written by Jenny Palmer and illustrated by Evie Kemp. It is gorgeous, I found it at Paper Plus (interestingly the local Whitcoulls had never even heard of it or had anything on their data base when I rang them) $24.99 for the sqare hardcover version (not sure if they bring it out in paperback). The "Curious" poem is my personal favourite and I could use this in the Makerspace tomorrow (if I had a Makerspace tomorrow that is......hand over is Thursday this week fingers crossed). All the other poems are good too and not just 'the usual' eg happy, loved, sad and angry but also nervous, confused, worried, jealous, frustrated, shy and even confident, excited and silly......so many emotionals in one colourful and well written book.
As it was a 'buy one get one half price' I needed another one obviously......so 'Fizzy Pop' grabbed my attention or maybe it was the text I read on the first page I opened too.....the story of Lizzy McNay and her fizzy drink addiction....
"Then from her backside
came a fearsome
A fart of such size it set Lizzy in motion.
She shot of the toilet and straight through the ceiling.
She sky rocketed skywards, squawking and squealing..."
She does of course end up on the moon and need saving by her classmates who have to invent a way of saving her......it's so funny and kids of all ages will just love it.
Oh and in the photo is the other two I found and couldn't leave the store without - "Violet the Pilot" (her inventions will take her sky-high) by Steve Breen and "That's not the MONSTER we ordered" by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones. I'll write up some lesson examples and share photos on this blog when I use the books in the maker space so you can get some inspiration!
Remember to contact me if you are keen to come to our open day or for a visitor. I have the opportunity outside of my face to face teaching that I can provide PD or just time for a chat to inform your next steps, the cost is minimal and it will be the best investment you can make.
I get asked what would my "5 must haves" be in a Maker space a lot...whether you have a dedicated Makerspace or you are setting one up in a corner of your classroom my list would be the same.
6/7/8.......you know the list could go on.....and on......and on....you should come and see our new space and have a chat!
An iPad is a given, not just for coding and creative apps but for digital art, animation, movie making and more but most of all for capturing the learning journey and sharing this with whanau (family).
I post on my education Facebook page almost everyday, not just on the Maker movement but lots of other educational links, research and 'finds'. This blog is specifically to record the ongoing Makerspace journey and the Facebook page is for other day to day education treasures. Feel free to 'like' the page to keep in touch
in the midst of a storm this soaken treasure was discovered in my letterbox (thankfully the other 10 were delivered several days ago when the sun was shining!). This book is a collection of poems, in the year order they were invented, which covers everything from the humble ‘blue jeans’ to the drinking straw (which was invented in 1888 by the way) and even Velcro, Kitty Litter and the Traffic Signal. The poems are delightful (as well as super interesting and informing), the back of the book has all the facts and everything you need to know about each invention. One invention (Fig Newton Cookie) I’d never heard of and had to google to find out more (a popular American cookie) but I think we do have something very similar in NZ so I’m off to explore the supermarket. I’ll use this book to spark curiosity and innovation but it’s so much more than that, I’ll scaffold classroom teachers to support students to write and publish a poem back in class to accompany their invention and to dream big about how their invention could impact on the world. Did you know that Basketball was invented in 1891 and that the first match was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals and hoops and nets were introduced two years later? Or that the word Velcro comes from combining two French words, velour (velvet) and crochet (hooks)?
Exciting times ahead with our new space opening, the space is coming along brilliantly with an expected hand over of January 22nd so fingers crossed we will be all go and able to 'open for business' on day one of 2018. As much as it’s ‘not about the walls’ it will be fabulous to finally have a ‘home’ (Whare waihanga) where our budding Scientists, Engineers, Designers, Coders, Artists and Makers can follow their passions, ignite ideas and then take their projects back into the classroom to refine, reflect on and blog about. We have mini Makerspaces in our classrooms too but in this space I do things differently (picture books are the hook). If you are keen to see the space in action and to learn more let me know as we’ll be having an open day in Term 1 (with limited spaces). Feel free to contact me if you'd like me to secure you a spot, more info to follow.
I just love this image shared by Makerspaces.com and then retweeted all over the place...
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.