6 Ways ‘Maker’ Teachers Can Make the Maker Movement Better
You’ve heard about how the Maker Movement is reinventing education. Here are 6 easy and effective ways that can make you a ‘maker’ teacher:
‘Make’ What You Prescribe
An educator’s involvement in curriculum doesn’t end with it’s design. What teachers design in their curriculum reaches a wide set of learners, including those who may or may not be inclined to ‘making’ or ‘problem solving’, the very basis of the Maker Movement.
This is in fact, exactly why teachers must seek to ‘make’ what they prescribe in their learners’ curriculum. This provides a number of benefits and opportunities to educators to innovate together with their learners, to go beyond their own boundaries and promote the type of learning that their learners need most.
Design the Makerspace Set-Up
Makerspaces provide the learners with a treasure trove of learning opportunities and experiences. Be a part of the design decisions for the makerspace where you will be creating a generation of ‘maker’ learners.
As educators, you have the power to maximize the growth of your learners, each with their varying levels of aptitude, understanding and intellect. Set up your own makerspaces that open exciting avenues for all your learners.
Explore & Execute
Educators across the globe invariably face several challenges that their learners bring to the classroom. Makerspaces are no different. While some students may have difficulty planning, organizing or executing the given tasks, others may find it difficult to connect with their peers at the social level. There may be yet others who may find it impossible to connect their academic work to their future career choices.
As teachers, you must be prepared to explore the challenges that each of your students is facing and help them overcome every challenge. Leverage their strengths and aptitude to increase their engagement and learning. Modify the curriculum to address your students’ weaknesses and help them break free of their inhibitions.
Be There & Communicate
Your presence as a teacher and guide is of utmost importance to your pupils, as is ‘creating’ and ‘innovating’ with them. And more importantly, be an honest audience. Share what is working and what is not. Get feedback from them on their projects. Connect with your students intellectually and communicate with them. Understand their strengths and weaknesses and work accordingly on the ‘making’ projects. It will help you touch base with and be more in sync with your pupils’ achievements.
Choose Your Tools Wisely
As an educator, be aware of the tools that allow the greatest learning experience to your students and provide them with a wider continuum of capabilities. Your tools must be focused on promoting specific learning objectives.
Design the selection of tools in such a way that they build on themselves, i.e students should be able to move up the ladder to more powerful and evolved tools only after they master the simpler ones. Such practice allows for multiple avenues of success to the students and simultaneously, tests their developmental readiness.
Show Your Personality
As teachers, your primary responsibility is to help your learners build their personalities but that is no reason for you to shy away from showing your own. Be yourself around your students.
Design activities around your own interests that will ignite your excitement all over again to teach and participate more actively in the students’ learning process. If you as a teacher enjoy something, it is bound to trickle down to your students as well and result in better performances and greater achievements on both sides.
Every Maker Movement can be successful if each educator adopts innovative teaching practices in day-to-day classroom lessons. In the education industry, there is no set benchmark of the most effective teaching standard. Especially given the fact that it’s impossible to teach without learning something.