Day 1 Box 1
In an effort to find time to allow students to create and be inventors, I have created the Maker space box challenge! A student or pair of students are given a box that includes 6 items. They have to use each of the items when creating their new product. They can choose to add any additional items. There is a time limit of 15 minutes to keep everyone focused and on task. They are given a choice of three things to make. For example, today I had the list of three objectives read: Game controller, camera, and microphone.
Watching the process and intensity is amazing. I discovered that I have some creative students! Watch the video bellow to enjoy the process of how the first challenge unfolded! The cool thing is that in Laura Flemming’s book, “World’s of Making”, I was made aware that the maker space can work hand in hand with the Common Core! I can see so many options for this!
Today’s challenge is to blog about a good Mentor.
Having a good mentor as a teacher, can be quite valuable. But, like most things in life, something that you cannot be just assigned (as a first year teacher would be). It is something that you have to go out and seek yourself. When I first started teaching, I taught in three different schools during my first three years as an educator. Each of the assigned mentors were helpful. However, I did not truly begin to thrive in having someone to watch to try and emulate until I started to seek out my own examples of excellent teaching.
Today I find that most of my mentors are found through social media networks. By following professional educators and groups on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, I am able to have numerous resources at my finger tips. It is amazing, and only something that can be done in the 21st Century! I love having a question, and being able to tweet it to the correct person. I love reading a book, and being able to tweet the author to let her or him know that I am walking along side them reading a book they wrote recently.