The Laurens-Marathon School District has always been proud of “Working Together to Achieve Success” and Friday’s first elementary MakerDay was a wonderful example of their building motto. After months of planning, preparing, compiling community donations of supplies and organizing helpers & volunteers, the day went off fabulously. I can’t say that there weren’t hiccups but as a whole, the day was very positive. Student engagement was near 100% and learning was at a high.
What would one see if they walked the halls that day?
- Students jabbering – lots of it. (“Did you see what happened when I did this?! Where do you think the marble will go if I do this?”)
- Students are NOT sitting in desks in rows. They might be sprawled on the floor, in groups, running to keep up with their Sphero or jumping up and down in celebration (“My tower didn’t topple! My engineered car worked! Woo-hoo, my chariot can carry my Lego-guy!”).
- Creating, lots and lots of creating (cutting, pasting, attaching, coloring, drawing, coding, the list goes on…)
- The teacher is NOT at the front of the room lecturing. Instead he/she is off to the side, providing support and asking the important questions.
- Students are asking questions AND teachers are asking questions.
- Students were in groups, collaborating, Working Together.
- Smiles – happy students and happy teachers.
It was a beautiful thing. Success? I think so.
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