This sessions igniter was a Charlie and Lola story “I am too absolutely small for school”. I completely changed the format for these sessions after reflecting on the experience from 2 weeks ago. I set up 4 challenge stations and students spent 15 minutes at each. Although more language experience and developmental based rather than STEAM in its true essence this meant learners were far more focused and engaged. All 4 stations were reflected in the pages of the book....One was Art based, recreating the ‘look’ of the ‘ripped’ page with the outlined drawing of Lola, learners loved the freedom of ripping different textures without scissors. I manned the hot glue gun, using polystyrene to 3D their drawings on their backgrounds. Station 2 was using play dough letter mats and learning letters and words just like Lola (we practiced rolling sausages). Station 3 was hands on making, designing and creating a school for Lola (well plastic Teddy’s actually). Station 4 was a dress up station where learners took a photo of each other dressed up like Lola was in her alligator suit but we had everything from a Dinosaur to high heels, handbag and fireman hat! Classroom Teachers will role modeling using the PiZap app and learners will superimpose themselves onto a photo of the page with Lola in her suit back in class. These sessions were certainly VERY full on but so rewarding. Our students are just buzzing with excitement both when they enter and when they leave (with their hands full of their creations). I’m looking forward to reading their stories they write back in class tomorrow and also listening to their reflections in Seesaw later in the week.
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.