The Maker Mind at Peaslee School

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The Maker Mind at Peaslee School

Guest Blogger: Nancy Kellner

Display case with Maker Mind projects The Maker Mindset encourages educators to look at the curriculum through a new lens: Makers solve problems. Makers create. Makers think. Makers invent. Makers share.

One of the goals of both library and technology instruction at Peaslee School is to integrate seamlessly into the classroom curriculum. A recent Professional Development workshop was devoted to looking at the existing curriculum through the Maker Mindset.

Whether we are talking about how we are teaching and learning, what we are teaching and learning or where we are teaching and learning, it can be summed up with one concept—the Maker Mind. While this terminology might be new, the pedagogy isn’t really. Kindergarteners build sets out of blocks for their dramatic play, third graders create terrariums during a plant unit and fourth graders invent musical instruments while studying sound.

Hands-on learning has been around since…

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