A team's potential for greatness depends on many factors, including the emotional intelligence of team members and the organizational conditions in the school or district that houses the team.
The most effective schools and organizations have a mission and vision that motivates, unifies, and guides all stakeholders in their day-to-day operations. Short- and long-term goals for the school align to the mission and vision and are regularly reflected on.
Team members can identify the component of their mission that they're working toward and maintain a laser-like focus on it.
A team that operates within a school should be aligned to that school's vision, mission, goals, and strategic plans. This could be considered vertical alignment of efforts. Teams also need to align horizontally -- what one team does needs to complement another team's work.
What piece of our school's vision are we working toward?
Which components of our mission are we upholding?
Which of our long-term or annual goals are we contributing to?
What specifically will this team need to do in order to move our school forward on its vision and goals?
Team members need these connections laid out. When the intersections of purpose and work become clear, team members are more likely to feel energized, motivated, and valued.
The most important resource for a team is time -- time for the facilitator to prepare as well as time for teams to collaborate. Teams must meet consistently and focus their time on what matters: implementing a work plan, learning together, and building strong relationships with each other.
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Crystallized intelligence is the ability to use experience, knowledge and the products of lifelong education that have been stored in long-term memory. It is the ability to make analogies and comparisons about things you have studied before. Crystallized intelligence accumulates over the years and leads ultimately to understanding and wisdom.
The online world is brand new, but it feels more fun, effortless and natural than the offline world of reading and discussion. It nurtures agility, but there is clear evidence by now that it encourages a fast mental rhythm that undermines the ability to explore narrative, and place people, ideas and events in wider contexts.
Even though I might be overwhelmed with paperwork, planning and preparing, I need to be with other teachers, not by myself.
Secondly, I would observe as many teachers as possible, and seek out the ones that I would like to emulate, regardless of the academic discipline in which they teach.
Fourthly, rather than wracking my brain for answers that others have already solved, I would share my frustrations, with these colleagues and get the answers I need quickly so I can go on to other important matters.
Students who are "making" to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.
Part of planning will be deciding which tools to support.
Safety is important, too, so you must also budget for goggles, gloves, aprons, lab coats and a fire extinguisher.
"Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration," the report noted.
"Also, an area to display student projects is important," he said. It helps the students develop a sense of pride.
"Also, unless its purpose is aligned with school culture and values, it will not succeed,"
Setup: Jarowski said many people ask if a makerspace is a classroom or a workshop. His answer is that it should be both, or a synthesis of the two. But he said several considerations should go into the physical setup.
You should have both high-tech and low-tech areas, and clean and messy areas, with separate workstations for different types of activities.
Don't carpet the space because carpet is hard to clean, he said.
Make sure you include whiteboards so students can work on problems together.
First, make sure it is clear to you and the school why you are building a makerspace: It should be for the promotion of hands-on learning and collaboration,
You must make decisions about its scope.
It is important to showcase student projects, prototypes and designs, he said. Keep cameras around to document their efforts and include them in the social media and blog of the school.
Involve students in every step of the planning,"
What makes it an academic makerspace rather than an adult space, Jarowski said, is that it motivates children to discover new skills and knowledge.