Don't expect rows of desks and students listening to a teacher lecture if you walk into my classroom. This is a room full of collaboration and, sometimes, organized chaos. Between working on Genius Hour projects and participating in events like the Cardboard Challenge, we love to learn and create!
I work with gifted students from Kinder through 5th grade.
Our school serves students in many different income groups, but is mostly middle-of-the--road socioeconomically. The students are mixed, as well, about half of each gender. I'm particularly trying to interest the girls in STEM concepts, though, as many of them seem to believe the stereotype that science and math are more suitable for boys.
We have the advantage of having an empty classroom next door, which we are outfitting to be a Maker Studio. The students are helping me with the design process for the studio, and will be giving input on the activities that it's used for. This is an example of Project Based Learning and Design Based Learning combined! The MakerBot will be one of several stations that will be used for creation.
Not only will the students be involved in the design of the classroom, but in learning about the Makerbot, and teaching others as well.
The goal of the Maker Studio is to "apprentice" my GT students during the Spring of 2014, so that we can open up the room to other classes in the Fall of 2014. My students will be using creative thinking and problem solving skills, but also giving to others as they volunteer time to mentor students new to the Maker Studio.
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