It's looking like I may have nailed my 2018 professional goal of building teacher capacity while also nurturing student voice and choice, every teacher is now embedding the maker movement through their classroom practice which is fantastic. A couple of weeks back I posted about the Kalidacam challenge station I introduced for the Year 5/6's. You can read the blog post here year-5-and-6-and-the-antlered-ship.html
I also ran a 10 minute byte at our Inspire (staff meeting) so that all teachers could learn through both seeing and doing regardless of year level. Teachers loved this app and how it integrated across the curriculum in so many creative ways. Check out some of our students stunning creations below.
Technology (iPad and Mac) plays a role in all that we do in the Makerspace and within our classrooms but it is just another tool for learning.
Students having rich discussions while getting hands on and creative and becoming both problem solvers and solution seekers while bubbling with excitement and wondering......that's where its at!
Today was ‘test and assess’ day for our Matariki golf course. After our initial planning and LEGO prototyping in the Makerspace each year 5/6 class worked to create their very individual and challenging golf hole. The creativity, perseverance and sheer determination shine through! Today learners (and a few teachers who couldn’t resist the competition!) stepped up to test and trial. The afternoon was spent revisiting, refining and improving. Tomorrow lunchtime we ‘open for business’ then in the afternoon each day for the rest of the week our seniors will buddy up with juniors to let them try their luck. The course is fantastic and many of the individual ‘degrees of difficulty’ exceeded both mine and the classroom teachers expectations. I particularly loved the ‘Seesaw’ into the hole, the ‘spinning star’ which you had to get just right or your ball careered off and the colourful Matariki shooting star ‘tunnels’ were vibrant and a real hit!
Tomorrow the initial planning teams will also have the opportunity to assess each hole - deciding on the ‘par’, giving points for design, creativity, degree of difficulty, sticking to plan etc.
This challenge covered so many curriculum areas, nurtured deep thinking and allowed creativity and individuality while also including constant collaboration and teamwork. I’d love to be able to do this with more permanent materials and have a community course on our school grounds. HUGE potential...
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.