Massive "Mobile MakerSpace" Resource

The purpose of this post is to provide the information educators inquire about most often when visiting our school (in person or from afar). Check out the "Table of Contents" below to hone in on what you're looking for. Sometimes it’s helpful to see a pedagogy and supporting tools in action, so there’s also plenty of video in the “Video Vault” section. Finally, you can see real-time updates by checking out our school's hashtag on social media: #GWgreats. Table of Contents: Our Story Guiding Principles MakerSpace "Fails" Highlights Funding Video Vault Resource List, Cart Supplies & Links Our Cart Vendor Student-Created Tutorials & Demos Additional Resources Our Story Several years ago, a team

3 Ways to Push Past "Pinterest-Pretty" and into "Learner-Centered" Classrooms

This post might be more than you bargained for. It is obviously a personal reflection on learning spaces and classroom redesign. But it definitely dovetails into how we talk about classroom design, and more importantly, how we interact with the teachers leading this important work. (I am going to include a photograph or two from a "Lounge Makeover" we did to ground the rest of this reflection...the pictures will come in handy in a minute.) Unless you've been living under a stone tablet, you've probably noticed a steady stream of flashy photos involving classroom makeovers in your Twitter or Pinterest feeds. And if you're really paying attention, you might have seen some comments underneath t

Do You Have What It Takes To Be The Next World Booktalk Champion???

Quick quiz: When you read a great book, do you find yourself unable to contain your excitement? Do your “booktalks” inspire the masses to head straight to the nearest library to check-out the book you just shared? Do your students or colleagues come to you for book recommendations? If you answered yes, to any (or all!) of these questions, you might have what it takes to be the next World Booktalk Champion! Each year, Jennifer LaGarde and I co-host the World Championship of Booktalks. We start with a field of 16 passionate educators from around the globe: 8 Lead Learners (coached by @GustafsonBrad) and 8 Literacy Legends (coached by @JenniferLaGarde). Participants decide which side of the bra

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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