Ten Mantras for “Makering” Memories

I recently read the super, ultra inspiring Invent to Learn, by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager, PhD.

This led to me dreaming and scheming and doodling and ooooing and pondering, How Might We better model project-based learning this fall? Here are my take-aways from this timeless work.

Consider these ten mantras for making memorable learning.

“For those who want to change education… the deepest problem for us is the limits of our own thinking.” Don’t limit student activities to only what you know how to do as a teacher. Give students a skill(s) and move out of the way.

photo credit- by eflon from Flickr. November 2013.
photo credit- by eflon from Flickr. November 2013.

“The best model we can give our students is to let them see us struggle as learners.

LUMT- “Less Us, More Them” is a teaching mantra to shift your classroom to Ss-led. “Operate as if students own the time in class.”

photo credit by rachel a.k from flickr , April 2007.
photo credit by rachel a.k from flickr , April 2007.

“In many cases, science is taught by telling students the end of the story first.” However, “Science is about wonder, risk and imagination, not checklists or memorizing vocabulary.”

“To understand is to invent.” Piaget

Incorporate technology as building material. “When you can build with technology, you can build a lot more interesting things. And you can learn a lot more by making them.”

Image Credit- Asuro Chassis in Google SketchUp by hmblgrmpf from Flickr
Image Credit- Asuro Chassis in Google SketchUp by hmblgrmpf from Flickr June 2013.

“The best prompts emerge from a learner’s curiosity, experience, discovery, wonder, challenge, or dilemma.”

“Meaningful, self-directed, unbounded projects are what students remember long after the bell rings.”

On evaluating student work: consider enduring qualities. “Artists aspire to have their work endure. Should student projects aim for less?”

photo credit-Mona Lisas by Vol'tordu from Flickr, April 2015.
photo credit-Mona Lisas by Vol’tordu from Flickr, April 2015.

“The best teachers are those who inspire memories in their students.”

Go forth and move out of the way!

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