You want to create a Makerspace for your students but you aren’t quite sure where to start? Here’s a quick quiz for you to decide if you can and should have a Makerspace in your classroom. Continue Reading
Makerspaces: They seem to be all the buzz, but the concept that drives them isn’t new. For many years, we’ve been focused on directing every moment of our students’ lives. As parents, the lives of children are scheduled to the point they never have a moment to decide for themselves what to do. So when did we decide as adults that play is a bad thing?
Exploration is key to problem solving, critical thinking and self-regulation. Children learn by role-playing real-life situations, rearranging toys, touching materials or using items in unconventional ways. So why not include Makerspaces in our school environments? Continue Reading
Project based learning can be a challenge because it moves the control from the teacher to the student. When we began our teaching journey, controlling every aspect of student work from beginning to end seemed like the right thing to do. As we’ve evolved as teachers, we learned that loosening the reigns has many benefits. Check out some of the best reasons we use project based learning in our classroom. Continue Reading
Teaching students to overcome challenges can be difficult when we live in a society that is all about getting things done quickly. We have technology, parents and constant distractions constantly telling students they can learn anything anytime with little or no effort. As a teacher, this is very challenging when students feel they’ve failed, get frustrated or give up right away.
This was what was happening in our classroom. Students that could manage challenges were more successful overall because they kept working until they got it. It felt like it was a lack of effort, but it was much more than that. So we started investigating and researching best practices to help us teach students to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Continue Reading
As ninjas we are always looking for ways to teach our students new skills like problem solving and critical thinking without the students KNOWING we are teaching them skills like problem solving and critical thinking.
As part of our science curriculum, students in Alberta have to design and build devices that use electricity, so we came up with an electrical trivia game and the best part is students ENJOY it! We challenged them to design a board game that would use an electrical circuit to check if an answer to a trivia questions was correct or not. Some students thrived Continue Reading
What happens when you let your students come up with the task? A great activity that students have already bought into because they think it’s their idea!
We were teaching social studies to our fourth and fifth graders and were learning about the way of life for the different Aboriginal groups historically in Canada. Our question to our students was, “How can you show us what you have learned?”
Their responses, “Can we make a project? Can we build a tipi? Can I make a poster?” Continue Reading