How autism freed me to be myself | Rosie King

Find this on YouTube … This is about a self-advocate and differently-abled artist who above all advocates for the imagination. Today I’m attending a conference on ASD which is reminding me that much of PBL is related to ASD. But it’s largely male – the male version of being on the spectrum which is overpopulated…

Do MakerSpaces have staying power?

After reading, “Makerspace: Toards a New Civic Infrastructure,” I can relate to the scene described by the articles author, Will Holman, as he describes traveling through the Northeast via Amtrak. Surrounding him are abandoned buildings, the industrial remnants of a now post-industrial, and oftentimes, struggling economy. it has been within this economic transition that the…

One Mans Trash….

This week as part of our weekly assignment the class was tasked to bring in ‘trash’ that will go towards a class project. This got me thinking about making, and the making that goes on in my life. When I think of collecting trash I envision dumpster diving, bugs, and all things gross. I remember…

Play-Based Learning

I recently came across the following video which was posted by The Teaching Channel and highlights a version of play-based learning that isĀ referred to as “work time:” The Work of Play During work time, which occurs everyday, students choose which materials they want to work with (e.g. blocks, water, etc.), allowing them to explore various…

Making My Squishy Circuit!

  Considering that my last foray into science and circuitry was in the 6th grade, the prospect of having to create a working circuit (no matter how simple or “squishy”) seemed like an experiment doomed to end in failure and frustration. However, I took Alison’s advice that she gives to her young students. Rather than…