A quick walkthrough movie taken on my phone...
This blog has had over 5000 visitors this week and lots of you have messaged me asking what my planning looks like....well, since a lot of you are in similar places to me, either just starting this journey or 'evolving' as you go I figure there can't be any right or wrong, right? Know doubt there are bigger and better ways of doing it but this is what works for me. Remembering that I teach every class, every age level......I have a planning folder in my Google Drive, I use Google Docs and make a template, then copy my template 5 times (we have 5 teams, Year 0/1, 2,3,4 and 5/6). I am a very visual learner so I use photo prompts for both the stations and the outcomes (which of course is also great evidence for your appraisal document). My planning is directly linked to our school's Skills and Attitudes (which students self-assess and this is shared with whanau via Seesaw). I also reflect on my planning within this document, so that I can always look back and see what worked and what I might want to change next time if I use that challenge station again. I also like to highlight any 'next steps' eg things I have to follow up on. I have uploaded a Year 2 example for you, with the first session completed, I go back to this and complete the next session - so each planning document has the equivalent of 2 sessions for 4 classes. If I feel like a station can be improved or is needs to be revamped (eg up or down in challenge level) I literally change it on the fly and then note this in the planning later (that's what we all do right? It's about differentiation but if you don't get it right why keep going - just because you planned it that way? I welcome any feedback so feel free to comment on this post, or ask any questions because we are all on this journey together, the Makerspace movement is finally taking hold in NZ!
I would love to see anyone else's planning you is happy to share and am particularly interested in any data gathering or research you may be involved in. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I am currently doing an inquiry and research project around "The Makerspace movement in education in Aotearoa - how can we make a difference? ", so any ideas or sharing would be very useful as it seems global research is focused on high school years and collecting data and evidence at the primary level would be highly valuable.
You can scroll through the pdf below to see what my planning and reflection looks like...
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.