I currently teach two amazing groups of Kindergartners, the "Donald Ducks" and the "Mickey Mouses." As the English teacher of a side-by-side dual-language program, both my teaching partner and I have a homeroom class. We see each group of students every other day. In my room, they learn in English, while in her room, they learn in Spanish.
My students represent a microcosm of the beautiful diversity that is America.
They are 4 and 5 year-olds of every race, religion, and ethnicity. A majority of my students are Hispanic, and many are second language learners. Some students only speak Spanish, while others are fluently bilingual. I also have students, in both groups, who are native English speakers. These students are eagerly beginning their bilingual journeys, which they will be able to continue throughout all of their schooling.
My students keep me on my toes—they make me laugh, they challenge me, and they teach me something new each day.
My students would benefit from these storage materials to create a mobile makerspace. A makerspace is an area where students can apply their knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technolgy, Education, Art, Math) concepts to explore problems, design plans, and engineer solutions. While students delight in constructing prototypes and experimenting with materials, they are also building critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These vital skills will serve them throughout their school years, as well as in their future careers.
I strive to provide my students with authentic learning experiences and having a makerspace would be an exciting way to integrate play with fundamental life skills.
The cart and bins will be used to sort and store a variety of materials, from glue and tape, to paper straws and bottle caps. During center time, all of the students will have the opportunity to generate solutions for a problem, whether teacher-directed or self-selected. My students will make mistakes and sometimes even fail, but this will only engender a sense of perseverance as they ovecome each challenge. These children are our future, so they need opportunities to build critical life skills. I can only hope that this makerspace will inspire the next generation of artists, engineers, designers, architects, developers, and scientists.
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