Memorial Day Project Making

 

I was thinking today about Memorial Day and what our group of makers can contribute. Our school takes memorial day pretty seriously and throws a big assembly for area veterans so I thought about ideas that I could have some of my maker students work on for Memorial Day. This is what I wrote for their google classroom.

What can we create for the celebration? We have a movie that is in the works, we are going to have numerous veterans in the school and a large assembly. What could YOU create for this important day? Could you 3D print something to give to veterans? Or to sell in support of veterans? Think and let me know what you come up with! a few idea links are below.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:343072

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:843361

While these links are about 3D printing, I want students to think of any project that might help them express gratitude towards our soliders who gave their lives in support of our country. I am excited to see what comes out of class tomorrow.!

Summer Book Reads and short reviews.

I am so excited to be gearing up for this school year. I have been reading and thinking all summer about things I can do to make my classes more fun and increase the learning of my students. I have already had a few sleepless nights as I just couldn’t get thoughts out of my head from some great books that I have been reading. At a few points I had to get them on paper so I would not forget the next morning.

I would like to share where my head is at so far.

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I started reading the book Invent to Learn and it has completely sold me on the ideas of Constructivist education. Most notably championed (or created) by Seymour Papert. The book is a great overview of tinkering with students and how by allowing them to play with objects and to try new things, they actually end up learning more and it becomes self directed learning. I rented this book from Amazon, but I will need to buy it, I have too many highlights that I will need it for a reference.

Pure Genius: this goes hand in hand with Invent to Learn. Pure genius is about giving students a dedicated time during the week for them to pursue their own projects that they set for themselves. At first I was worried about this idea because I know how much structure students seem to crave at times when introducing a new project. Through reading and a few good  ideas I think it really is possible to pull off! Another one I will have to buy as I am going ot introduce a Genius Hour this year and I really have just this book to go off from. Wish me luck on that one.

Drive: This book has a lot of hype and I did think that it was good to take a look at motivation. Teachers need to teach content, but if we do not motivate our students they will not care about our content. I think this is super important, or else we will sound like the Charlie Brown teacher to our kids! then they  will fail, which means we fail. I have not finished this one, but it reinforces the fact that students are dying to learn about topics that interest them, and when they are able to do so, they will do a lot better job and exceed our expectations!

what have YOU been reading?