I read Aleta's blog and she reminded me that “The facilitator/educator does not need to be an expert on everything students come in to work on.” This is huge and something that many teachers, including me, have trouble with. In my education program we were taught to plan and make sure we knew what we were teaching. This is very contradictory to that idea. We must have an idea in mind and match it to a standard, but the rest should be open to interpretation. A big idea was HOTs (Higher-Order Thinking Questions). This is a main premise of the maker movement and project based learning. Creating questions that promote thinking and allowing students to fill in the blank rather than just rushing to help. I also really like her idea of adding a makerspace to the library, even if it is small. So many schools are doing this and our library is small on only used by elementary students. If we had a makerspace, maybe our older students would visit the library more.
I also read Anastasia's post. I love how she is connecting content and culture with the making pedagogy. This is where our students will really thrive. I know this last semester we had a new Yup'ik teacher who focused a lot on hands on making. I noticed a shift in student interest. They were excited to go to class and they have been excited to show others the work they are doing. I had never seen many projects from the Yup'ik class before. Knowing this I believe Anastasia will really reach her students. They will gain practical skills while also learning necessary content for their grade area.
This week, and the previous weeks, have really posed a lot of things to think about. I am very interested in incorporating making into my classroom, and it is hard to not want to go full force. I think it will take getting my feet wet for at least one semester, by only trying to implement this in one class. Otherwise I am afraid I will lose steam or be too overwhelmed. There is just so much to take in. It will also require me to change some of my teaching, which will be tough, but I believe will be worth it for both my students and I.