Today’s session, with another group of Year 4’s, was a repeat of yesterday’s ‘Going Places’ challenge stations (each of the 4 classes in the team complete the same challenges so that they can follow up, reflect and embed back in their collaborative ILE spaces). Although I was worried about the potential hazards with Irons, in the Makerspace, the results were stunning and learners were very careful (I did end up using only 1 iron per group and stood beside them when they were turned on, I had taken 4 to school but quickly realized this was potentially too risky). Plan A wasn’t successful - we used baking paper and then framed them, they just weren’t vibrant enough.....so we revisited the design process and ‘improved’ them. Plan B we peeled back one of the wax sheets of paper then flipped it over and pressed it on to a sheet of Duracell. Learners pressed down quite hard all over then very carefully lifted the wax paper off. Simply stunning! They were all so excited and others gathered round to watch. They had lots of wax crayon shavings left and wanted to do more... they came back at lunchtime and made a large one to take back to class and create their own frame for. Another simple but really meaningful task - the conversation, wondering and discussion was exactly what I was hoping for.
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.