A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her.
A nice list-style definition of a Maker.
A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner.
True, but (sadly) the converse is not always the case in some classrooms: A maker may always be a learner, but a learner is not always a maker.
A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product.
Equality of these two ideas, process and product, is a value held by a Maker.
Making, especially to educators and administrators unfamiliar with it, can seem to lack the academic rigor needed for a full-fledged place in an educational ecosystem.
Only in educational settings where content knowledge is deemed the most important indicator of learning.
With practice, the students can frame the questions themselves.
Essential when you are trying to develop agency in students.
Once completed, the project becomes less of a daily race to fulfill lesson plans and more of a quest to document your students’ growing capabilities.
This reflective documentation process should be something that both teacher AND student are doing. The student point-of-view should be written for the benefit of the student, not the teacher. The teacher should coach this process for the student so that the monitoring of growth is seen as a value for the student. The teacher documentation should also inform the student as to their growth, but the information can be used for more “teacherly” purposes as well, such preparing for future activities or intentional pairings of students in the early phases of the PBL unit.
model it yourself first
Always let your students see you, the teacher, as a learner – first and foremost!
A simple and rich collection of prompts intended to facilitate regular and purposeful reflection. This blog post explains the questions themselves, and the intention behind them. Each question, or step, can be summarize as follows:
4) Be Productive
5) Have Courage
7) Begin Anew
HT to @boadams1 for sharing this with me as part of an experiment with MVPS leaders to encourage shared reflection practices.