Yesterday I got to ‘play’ in Studio(i), the new space in our school for the Maker Movement, and I had so much fun! Along with other teachers, we were introduced to Silhouette Studio software and a vinyl printing machine to make stickers. While I had problems printing mine, here is a picture of it:
This experience gave me a better appreciation of the ‘Maker Movement’, a creative learning revolution that is impacting our world of education. Not that I was skeptical of it, this just helped me experience the ownership of “learning by doing”.
Every teacher wants their students to ‘own’ their own learning. I have seen that a prepackaged lesson plan can deprive students of engaging on the level of ‘doing’ during a Making Experience. There is a saying in the Maker Movement that says it all: “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it” (Source: “How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education” by WeAreTeachers.com).
Yesterday I “owned” my own learning and developed some new skills. I had a great experience, and I look forward to more of these alongside my students. I can see I have a LOT to learn, but with a growth mindset, we will all develop the right skills for the future.