CELS Term 2 2022

Observing the work of the students this term, I am reminded that pre-defined curricula and learning goals don’t capture moments of spontaneity and serendipity. As teachers, we can become anxious when students are perceived to be bored or unproductive and immediately try to fill that gap.

It is important to society that schools and we as teachers are clearly aware of how much space we leave children for original thinking, without rushing to restrict it with predetermined schemes that define what is correct according to a school culture. How much do we support children to have ideas different from those of other people and how do we accustom them to arguing and discussing their ideas with their classmates?” Vea Vecchi in Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia.

Collingwood

Craigieburn

Broadmeadows

CELS Term 1 2022

The diversity of the work created in this term is testament to the fact that it was the first uninterrupted term of Makerspace since 2019. Well almost totally uninterrupted as I and one other teacher had to take some time away for COVID-19 recovery. The other major difference was that I introduced more toys as items to disassemble and a source of materials.

There was also a concerted effort to better inform the teachers working in Makerspace so that it was clear from the onset what we hoped to achieve and the process. The documents are available here and are subject to change: Makerspace – vision, implementation and outcomes.

Broadmeadows

Collingwood

Craigieburn