Monthly Archives: Apr 2015

Curriculum Makerspace

Exploring paper craft in Chigiri-e: A Japanese Paper Art

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses hand made and hand dyed Japanese paper called washi to create images, transforming into beautiful pieces of art.

I am always on the lookout for a new activity for our Lunchbox Craft space. I found this class in a Weekend hobbyists newsletter , and wanted to know more!

Kirie is the Japanese art of paper cutting and Chigirie is a Japanese art form in which the primary technique uses coloured paper (washi) that is torn to create images. The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history.

Essential equipment  Choose papers and colours  The project is under way  Simple, individual, engaging and very satisfying to create

Crafting opportunities in the Maker Space:

I am excited to be adding this craft to my program for The Lunchbox Club. I have gathered 6 kits of equipment, and prepared the templates to be cut and torn as required.

I am expecting that the boys will find it very engaging and somewhat relaxing for a lunchtime library activity. The materials are manageable for storage and allow for some self paced project work.
There is plenty of scope for creativity!

Ongoing and detailed workers can create a full picture over a number of weeks, while experimenting and exploring the technique can be accomplished in a short time with the card or garland activity. The skill is exacting, and gives a lovely insight into the culture of Japanese art techniques.

Curriculum connections:

This craft skill has a long Japanese history. The Instructor has even conducted the class instruction in Japanese as poart of the school’s Language lessons. However, in our Maker Space, we will firstly immerse in the skills and techniques that make the craft so unique, and then experiment and create a project to share.

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Curriculum Makerspace Research and Readings

I have a few ideas… but I want to hear yours too

“Lunchbox Club is really fun!” “Can we use the white cloth..” (for our Club Wall hanging) “How is this NOT awesome?” “..loved it- great opportunity to build awesome dragons!” “OMG! Yes!” (about 3D Doodler pens) ..and so on!

Starting something new

Starting an Inquiry task can be stressful!   but the final result is always satisfying!

Today is the first session of The Lunchbox Club for a new term. It will be a planning meeting from our Club website.

In keeping with my Maker Space thinking, I want to revisit the projects from last term. This will allow the boys to talk, share and reflect on the projects we began, and didn’t always finish last term. That’s OK.

I have spent this week revisiting my colleagues around the school to consolidate my ideas and thinking from last term activities, and continue to look forward. I need to connect with the feedback from others.
And today its time to hear from the boys. I love surveying this creative bunch! Pictures, ticks and words. How can I say that? Anything goes.

Love surveying this creative bunch!

Takeaways: A conversation with my ICT colleague, and coordinator of the Mecatronics Club for year 9 students is affirming. My introductions to Squishy Circuits and Makey Makey kits at the end of term 4 have allowed the boys in his new year to accomplish the program expected for 3 terms in one! That’s great feedback. I’m encouraged.

My thinking and pedagogy revisited: Working within the constraints of timing, library business and staffing, I continue to strive for Maker elements. Learning by doing, freedom to create freely and not within a specific time-frame. To allow students to explore, experiment, and learn from each other. To read about things and think projects through for themselves. To take risks and fail occasionally!
During this conversation with a colleague, the comment “That’s right.. Of course.. I must try more to let the kids go and create their own pathways. But I just like to see things get finished.”

Getting started in Inquiry learning

Inquiry Learning: As I work with teachers across the curriculum in their research tasks, I try to understand the requirements of each department, and their priorities for an Inquiry Learning approach. I am affirmed that Teacher Librarians have a good grasp of Inquiry Learning that is not always evident in these tasks. It would seem we have several ‘models’ operating in our school. This is important information as I focus on connecting the Club activities with supporting and strengthening Thinking and Design skills in our tasks.

In my interviews with teacher Joh Gordon, we try to identify some of the differences. 4 key questions are addressed.

(Video clips coming of these questions discussed)

“What is the Signature Program?”
“How does this program sit across our more traditional classes at BGS”
What are the great moments you have experienced in the program?”
“How might a Maker Space in the library enrich the Signature program in Curriculum?”

No Tosh model:

Kulthau model

Anecdotal model

Kate Murdoch reflection sheets

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