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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