Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mobil Makerspace Wishlist

Our mobile makerspace began in January. The students and teachers love it. But, I know to keep the interest going we need to add new items and circulate them, so the students don't get bored. So, I'm hoping to get these items I've put on the wishlist.
  Mobil Makerspace Kits for K-2 Proposed List of Supplies
 Stem Robot Mouse
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Makey Makey Go
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 Dash and Dot,
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 Tegu Magnetic Wooden Set,
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 Q-bits Jr,
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 Rigamajig Junior Kit,
Rigamajig Jr
Candy Construction Building Set,
Candy Construction Building Set
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 Qwirkle Expansion,
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 Keva Bot Maze,
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 Snap Circuits Rover,
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 Makedo Pod,
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 Any of these items would make a great addition, fingers crossed we will find out if we will have the funding soon.

PT A is funding the mobile makerspace  for the 2017-2018 school year. I'm so happy for our students. They are going to have the resources to help the mobile makerspaces thrive.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Makerspace Scheduling

Scheduling has been a conundrum since we started our school makerspace. The vision was to offer a space where any student could come in and explore a makerspace session. Scheduling is an issue because we can not interfere with students existing class schedule, and we can not add to the school's tight schedule. At first, we opened our makerspace as a before school club that met once a week by grade level. We also offered students a chance to work in the makerspace during the day once a week at recess. Students could choose to stay in an work in the makerspace instead of going to recess one day a week. We called it alternative recess. In the beginning this worked since few students signed up and all of the material was new so it a novelty. But after 2 years of offering this schedule it no longer worked.
Our makerspace became so popular sessions would fill up with in an hour of being posted. I began to hear comments like "I hope I can make it into a makerspace session this year," and "When will the application come out I'm going to turn in my child's application to you the day I receive it." We grew the second year from serving 75 students to 150 students. We were seeing students before school four days a week and during recess two days a week and we still were not serving 1/2 of the total population at our school.
So, this year our makerspace is open to 100% of all of our students. Instead of having before school clubs and alternative recess, one library lesson a month is dedicated to being a makerspace session. Six to eight sessions are set up and students can select from Engineering, Robotics, Re-cycled Craft, MinecraftEdu, Coding, Bloxels, Osmo, and etc. Students are able to choose one thirty min session to complete a mini-project or explore a topic. Non-fiction books that are related to the session are displayed near the table so students have access to the books to investigate more on the topic. This year students have a chance to check out makerspace kits to learn more about the topic of interest at home and this will solve the problem of not having enough time to explore a topic. Now that all students have access to our makerspace it solves the condundrum of scheduling.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Book A Day Challenge Week four

This has been a great experience reading a book a day for a four week period. I enjoyed it so much I plan on picking a month this fall to read a talk about a book a day. Our reading lives are just as important as exercising or eating healthy.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Week 3 Book A Day Challenge

Friday, July 15, 2016

Week 2 Book A Day Challenge

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Week One Book A Day Challenge

Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review: GRIT

Before you read the book check out Angela Duckworth's TED talk on grit. This will give you a quick background on the new "it" word and it's importance. The bottom line is you need grit to succeed. Duckworth describes grit as a combination of perseverance and passion. It's not just talent that catapults individuals to success, effort counts more. Failure is okay, if you use it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. But, too often failure becomes a permanent excuse to never try again. In the world of education, the importance of grit and growth mindset are often discussed as vehicles to drive student success. This book gives examples of individuals in many different industries to support this thought. The author takes it a step farther and explains that grit alone is not enough. The true equation is grit + support = success. So our gritty students need supportive teachers, parents, and environments to flourish. Grit is contagious. This frame of thinking can strengthen teams, workplaces, schools and more. Read the book, it's a real page turner.