A growing wave of students learning by doing is sweeping across the educational landscape. Known on social media as the #MakerMovement, this style of learning seeks to teach kids important skills such as coding, design and engineering through hands-on projects. The maker movement also eschews traditional grades and classroom formalities and encourages kids to learn for the love of it as opposed to external motivators!
In the FDR Technology and Learning Innovation department we have embraced the #MakerMovement by offering different sessions for students, teachers and even parents to get busy learning by doing! MakerMonday and TinkerTuesday are a way for middle and high school students to get exposure to coding, building and even neuroscience in a fun way during their lunchtimes. WiredWednesday allows for teachers to try out some of the latest tech tools for the classroom in a relaxed, low-stakes environment. FunFriday sees our elementary students getting their hands on some fun tools like kinesthetic learning blocks, robots and STEM-based crafts. And we are proud to even offer up a monthly session for parents on the first Friday of ever month to come and explore some of the tools their children get to experiment with in their learning!
Embracing this new approach to learning will help equip our whole community with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century, and helps ensure FDR stays a regional educational leader on the continent!