Wednesday Session: Makerspace@Traf

In case you missed today’s presentation, here are the slides:

We discussed our vision of the Makerspace concept at Traf, which has three components to it:

  • Curricular
  • Co-curricular
  • Tinker stations

The meeting today was to get some ideas for all three components, but mainly for the tinker tables we would like to make available through out the school on a regular basis.

First though, we asked Staff to write down what kind of “Making” they engage in. Here’s a snapshot of the post-its they put up:

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Responses ranged from cooking to ceramic painting, from lego to quilting. So many hidden skills!

Then we asked the staff to think of a skill they would like to learn:

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Again the responses were very diverse from knitting to robotics, from learning how to draw to how to make a spice rack.

Luckily the Makerspace concept has room for all of this!

Then we asked the teachers to gather in their departments and think of three ideas for tinker tables in their department. We asked them to use Padlet, a virtual corkboard – very easy to use and gives a nice visual. Here is a screenshot:

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Sone great ideas came out of today’s discussion – a lot of which I will follow up with in the coming weeks!

 

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Wednesday Sessions: Organizational Skills @ Traf Rountable

This morning we had a very productive discussion that focused on how we can promote effective organization skills with a few simple, school-wide strategies.

Here was our goal:

To leave the meeting with 3 core  practical, realistic, and common classroom strategies to help embed effective organizational skills (OS) for students @ Traf!

I am very pleased to say that we did it!

Here are my slides for the presentation:

Although we had a lively discussion which can be seen in the pics below, staff also had a chance to use our backchannel, a basic google doc formatted in sections that corresponded with our slides. A staff volunteer took notes during the whole meeting and populated the backchannel with the staff’s comments. (Thanks so much Annie!)

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The strategies emerged from practices that most teachers were already doing. However, it was a good reminder that certain simple strategies practiced consistently had a lot of effect on rates of timely homework submission and general preparedness. As well, though we did not emphasize this, when speaking of their strategies teachers also mentioned that practicing them lowered level of stress and anxiety in their students. They had time to write down what was going on and consequently were less worried about what they had to do.

Here are our 3 strategies ( I thought they deserved to be prettied up!)

3 AGENDA STRATEGIES

Last but not least:

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QSLIN: Remix ED Camp

I just received this in my inbox from the QSLIN blog:

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It is free to register and you get free food! Here is what is on offer,( besides free breakfast, lunch and prizes):

emix Ed is more than just an ed camp. We want you to come and share your voice, your experience, and your expertise with everyone. We’re also bringing in some amazing speakers to talk about things that can make a difference in your classroom, right now. It’s not just theory, or socializing (although there will be plenty of that, too). We have LEARN Quebec, Learning Bird, an all-day maker space, and sessions on both Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365, and even more! Here’s a preview of what kind of sessions you’ll find:
  • Community Learning Centres
  • Kids Code
  • PD 24/7
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • How to create digital lessons
  • Get Homework done with Learning Bird (kid friendly session)
  • Data-driven Teaching and Learning
  • Robotics
  • Programming
  • Textiles
  • Low tech making (e.g. cardboard)

Sign me up! Any other takers?