Discussion in 'General Education' started by TeacherWhoRuns, Aug 25, 2018.
Aug 25, 2018
How many of your districts/schools have dedicated makerspace pullouts?
Not exactly sure what you're referring to, but our STEAM lab is called a "makerspace" this year. It's not a pull out though. It's treated like an extra special and the whole class goes at once 1x per week. The lab and the teacher are paid for through a grant.
Aug 26, 2018
We have a makerspace area in our library; students will access it during their weekly library visits.
Similar in my district. We have a science lab and a STEM lab. Not pull outs- part of the class schedule.
If it's during library time, I assume it's not a directed lesson using NGSS standards. Students are just free to do their own thing?
The thing about the Makerspace movement seems to be that it's very loosely defined. Some districts utilize their spaces for directed STEAM activities meeting NGSS and others don't seem to have much structure. I'm interested in the variation.
I'm in Ontario, so no NGSS standards to think about. The librarian, or classroom teachers, will plan the activities for the students or the materials they will use. It isn't a free-for-all, but the students are free to explore how to use the materials within the parameters of the task.
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