Note: Based on a Network article by Pat Forbes
You’ve acquired the funding for your makerspace. You’ve found a space, set the grade levels, and convinced your community of the benefits. What next?
Depending on your budget, you might not have a lot of funds for the big-ticket items in the beginning. Luckily, setting up a good makerspace doesn’t require large, expensive equipment. To begin, try filling your space with items you can buy in bulk, such as wheels, axles, wood blocks and pieces, straws, balloons, spools, and craft sticks. Students don’t need much to get their imagination going, and simple pieces such as these are a great way to start.
When Roy Bartnick was in the US Army, he got to see different parts of the world and experience different cultures and people. Now that he’s a teacher, he wants his students to have those same experiences – to be able to step outside their traditional classroom setting and see the bigger picture.
DOTHAN, AL – Engaging students – and holding their attention – can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But when students come to school hungry, tired, distracted by problems at home, or dealing with other issues, it can be a recipe for failure.
Ah, group projects – the awkwardness of dividing up assignments; the fear that you’ll let your group down (or worse, that you’ll have to do a presentation!); and the certainty that some of you will be doing the bulk of the work while others skate by, receiving the same grade for their minimal effort. I don’t know anyone who escaped school without having to do at least one collaborative project.