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Welcome to our blog mentoring series where it is my goal to shine the light on our bright Lighthouse students as they create making projects throughout the 2016-17 school year. One area we will focus on is developing student agency which is one of the core values associated with maker-centered learning. This is one of the findings of our colleagues at the Agency by Design project out of Project Zero.
I’m happy to present our first 2 students as part of this mentoring making series. Isela Chavarria and Diana Rodriguez both are seniors here at Lighthouse with college aspirations in the very near future.
It was a weekday afternoon, and Ms. Monroe’s class was getting ready to embark on their next project – folding paper squares into the shapes of various animals. A chart tacked to the wall clearly described each of the project options, with pictures and directions broken down into easy steps.
“So class,” Ms. Monroe was asking, “If you don’t know how to fold a particular shape, what can you do?”
“Ask a friend!” the class answered in unison. The alternative, of course (as Ms. Monroe had also mentioned) would be to look at the folded shapes already on the wall, and to practice-re-folding the shapes posted there along the pre-folded lines.
“And you know, sometimes we make a mess when we make art, and that is okay!” Mr. Guzmán told the crowd of eager second-graders gathered before him.
Soon the students were working busily at their tables, crayons scratching away against paper cutout squares. The students were working on creating a symbol of community. More specifically, they were choosing one of the core values of Lodestar (social justice, love, agency, community, or integrity) and creating a visual drawing of it using crayons and paper.
On a sunny afternoon, Mr. Guzmán’s second-grade class was buzzing with the sound of second graders turning the pages of books and whispering words aloud. All along the wall were drawings of cats, people, and other creatures from the children’s book Stone Soup.
The kids were connecting the characters and story with the idea of community in their lives. They were showing their thinking visually, by re-creating the characters from the story as puppets put together from paper bags and colored paper.
We recently had our annual King of the Hill competition with our 12th grade Physics students!
Each year our Physics students build mousetrap cars as they begin to study forces and motion. The first round of cars don’t work very well; the students don’t really know yet what it takes to make a durable and fast car. Once they’ve finished building and testing the first round, our teacher asks them how they can make their cars better. The students come up with ideas, and figure out what concepts they will need to learn more about in order to improve their cars. More