Maker Space box Challenge

Day 1 Box 1

In an effort to find time to allow students to create and be inventors, I have created the Maker space box challenge!  A student or pair of students are given a box that includes 6 items.  They have to use each of the items when creating their new product.  They can choose to add any additional items.  There is a time limit of 15 minutes to keep everyone focused and on task.  They are given a choice of three things to make.  For example, today I had the list of three objectives read:  Game controller, camera, and microphone.

Watching the process and intensity is amazing.  I discovered that I have some creative students!  Watch the video bellow to enjoy the process of how the first challenge unfolded!  The cool thing is that in Laura Flemming’s book, “World’s of Making”, I was made aware that the maker space can work hand in hand with the Common Core!  I can see so many options for this!

30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 6

Today’s challenge is to blog about a good Mentor.  

Having a good mentor as a teacher, can be quite valuable.  But, like most things in life, something that you cannot be just assigned (as a first year teacher would be).  It is something that you have to go out and seek  yourself.  When I first started teaching, I taught in three different schools during my first three years as an educator.  Each of the assigned mentors were helpful.  However, I did not truly begin to thrive in having someone to watch to try and emulate until I started to seek out my own examples of excellent teaching.  

Today I find that most of my mentors are found through social media networks.  By following professional educators and groups on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, I am able to have numerous resources at my finger tips.  It is amazing, and only something that can be done in the 21st Century!  I love having a question, and being able to tweet it to the correct person. I love reading a book, and being able to tweet the author to let her or him know that I am walking along side them reading a book they wrote recently.