One of the things I love about teaching is seeing students work together to solve problems.
We are promoting a growth mindset at my school this year, and students are working to build perseverance.
I can have up to 27 students in my classroom. Our school has 345 students in grades 1-6 and is in a suburban area. While we have a lot of great students and families, 65% of our families are considered low-income.
The students are excited to learn new things everyday! Some of my students are performing 2-3 years above grade level, while some are working well below their 3rd grade level. This makes it more challenging to meet the needs of all students.
My students need Keva planks, coding robots, Legos, Snap Circuits, and Squishy Circuits to foster their creativity. because it would help to foster creative thinking in a fun, collaborative environment. Students need time to explore and discover on their own in a safe space. A Makerspace would help students practice real-life problem solving skills and build perseverance and grit when things do not go as planned the first time. One of the focuses we have as a building is Growth Mindset, and teachers are working to help students realize that failing at something is part of the learning process. With a Makerspace, students have the opportunity to experience failure without the fear of a negative impact on grades. It would also be a great chance for students to have more hands-on experiences with STEM activities. With the Next Generation Science Standards, there is more of a focus on inquiry and encouraging students to ask questions and investigate to find answers. A Makerspace can help with all of these things and provide a memorable opportunity that can improve student understanding.
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