I was privileged to spend time with an awesome cohort of professionals through CBE Design the Shift. I expected to see the benefits of an increasing skill set associated with problem solving, as well as being able to use a variety of materials and technology to represent learning. What I didn’t consider is the impact on community both within the classroom and beyond.
As the students engaged in design challenges and explored maker stations, they started to interact with others that they may not normally socialize with. They took pride in being able to share their expertise. We also collaborated with Grade 4 students at our community middle school for the Global Day of Design. Having shared interests and expertise helped to foster relationships, as maker studio was a comfortable setting and took the pressure off of the conversations with new people.
I would say the most popular activities this year were Scratch and textile work such as weaving. Students continually build on previous skills and challenged each other to move forward. We all learned a lot from each other.
@juliequennell - I am a Grade 3 teacher at Tuscany School exploring the use of makerspace and design thinking in the classroom. I enjoys learning about innovative ways to challenge and inspire my students, as well as myself.