My intent is for the concepts I introduce in the Maker space to be built on and infused or deepened within the classroom context. For this to be done well you need full buy in from classroom teachers and to support this the concepts I introduce need to be 'rich, real and relevant' (linked to student needs and AO's or enduring understandings). The Year 4 team are focusing on collaboration (being new to an ILE space) and our school wide writing focus. After I introduced mapping and coding concepts (using the story stones challenge) teachers set the challenge (as part of their literacy rotation) for students to create a map then have a buddy use directional language to 'solve' the challenges posed on the map. WOW.....what stunning results, engaged, motivated writers, collaborating with their buddy (and others as many shared their map and writing with anyone that would listen!). Teachers commented on how this task supported our new curriculum 'skills and attitudes' with 'Persistence and Problem Solving ' being a standout across the whole class. I realise this follow through needs to happen after every session in some shape or form.
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.