Maker Movement

This collection features the work of three Teacher Consultants from the UNC Charlotte Writing Project who explored and reflected upon how a "maker" approach to teaching English Language Arts worked to empower students in the classroom and connect them with the community. 
post by Colin Angevine and Josh Weisgrau We started a STEAM program, and three years later, we’ve outgrown the acronym. It began when a group of upper school students approached a physics teacher about creating an advanced physics group tutorial. The physics teacher recruited a computer science teacher and the tutorial became robotics. The computer science teacher enlisted the support of a media...
Last week, I read an article on venturebeat.com, describing Nancy Pelosi’s “awe” for the maker movement. The article was old, (published January of last year), but I was still happy to see this opinion vocalized, being a maker-educator, myself. We call our makerspace the “Creativity Lab.” In six years it’s grown from a single robotics elective into a full-blown making program at a community...
Last week, I read an article on venturebeat.com, describing Nancy Pelosi’s “awe” for the maker movement. The article was old, (published January of last year), but I was still happy to see this opinion vocalized, being a maker-educator, myself. We call our makerspace the “Creativity Lab.” In six years it’s grown from a single robotics elective into a full-blown making program at a community...
Yesterday I had the privilege of leading a workshop at North Pitt High School on making and MakerEd with 40 or so media coordinators from Pitt County Schools.  The district media coordinator has provided real leadership and inspiration for transitioning the county’s media centers from quiet, solitary, read-only spaces to learning commons where students are making, sharing, collaborating,...
They keep telling me I have to tell the story of my work. They keep saying, "You have to write it down or the moment will pass.  Someone else will write it.  And it will no longer be yours." In the last year, my inkwell has been quite dry, used up by difficult days in teaching, graduate school, presentations, changing jobs, learning new systems in new places.... The list continues. Over this...
   "Mommy, look what I made," is a phrase that any parent is familiar with hearing and can be applied to so many things.  "Look what I made" can extend from a child's pride in constructing a mud pie, a scribbled drawing, a collage made out of paper towel cores, and yes, sorry, to whateve prideful bathroom success has occurred.  After all, face it, in our society, we place a tremendous importance...
As a new doc student, you find yourself repeatedly answering the versions of the same two questions. Question 1: How long will it take to complete your program? A:  I’m not sure. Unlike going to law school or medical school, which is completed in a set number of years, a Ph.D. requires several years of coursework plus a dissertation, or original research project. The variables inherent in any...
I have created this resource as a way to document and share our participation in #clmooc during last summer's (2013) Rhode Island Writing Project's Summer Institute on Teaching Writing. The NWP's Invitational Summer Institute is rooted in a 30+ year tradition of bringing K-12 teachers onto college campuses in the summer to reflect on their writing lives, to bolster their teaching practice, to...
coverr.jpg "Overall, this project was a rewarding experience. It took a lot of thought to create the structure. Not only did we have to conjure an idea, but we also had to convert it into a tangible object,"Patrick & Wilson, 10th Graders   I'm not an architect, nor do I have any training on how to design a building. But this summer, I was inspired to teach...

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