The stage at Laurens-Marathon Elementary has been set, well – almost. On March 4th they will “attempt” their first MakerDay and the stage in the Old Gym, or Gymnatorium as some have referenced it over the years, will be transformed into….? What? We don’t know! That’s the beauty of a makerspace. Teachers, parents and community members have donated countless supplies and their own time for this opportunity for the students of Laurens-Marathon. It has been an amazing outpour of very needed love and support after a couple of very rough years of budget cuts and staff reductions.
Kurti, Kurti and Fleming stated it best in a feature article for the Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals: “The maker movement in education is built upon the foundation of constructionism, which is the philosophy of hands-on learning through building things. Thus maker education is a branch of constructivist philosophy that views learning as a highly personal endeavor requiring the student, rather than the teacher, to initiate the learning process. In this philosophy of learning, teachers act as a guide for inquiry-based approaches to the development of knowledge and thinking processes. Upon reflection, it is natural to believe that the learner should initiate learning, as it is physically impossible for any teacher to mechanically rearrange and reinforce the physical neuronal pathways developed in the brain during the learning process.”
Wish us luck and if you are in the area of Laurens, Iowa on March 4th, there will be an Open House from 3:30-5:30 that will display…..? What? We don’t know! (I also couldn’t NOT give a plug for our local Pool Committee that has aligned a pancake fundraiser supper in the school lunch room that night as well – support our students and community in one shot!)
Stay tuned – I will be sure to post all the Laurens-Marathon Elementary making throughout the day #LMChargers and #plaea.