Makers Group

The Young Makers Group is an informal group of parents and their children to encourage creation.rocket
We will try to meet once a month and share what we built – our success and failures – and then choose a new project for the next month.
If stuck for ideas we will refer to these web sites.
I’d like to get a good mix of boys and girls ages 5 – 10 but I wouldn’t turn away older kids who would like to participate also.

We had our first meeting May 5th, 2013. We will have our second meeting soon..

Our first project is to build rockets. We tried some practice rockets yesterday and they worked pretty good.

Rocket run

Check out our blog posts for the pictures and movies.

http://berkybus.blogspot.com/2013/05/love-and-rockets.html

http://neenanjones.blogspot.com/

 

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Week 2 Hump Day

Yeah, Wednesday. Kids go home early and we stick around an hour for PD. The week is halfway over and the school year has just started and I’m more busy than ever. I can’t even keep up with grading the work I give out.

My system for grading needs some work. In elementary school we would give all the kids numbers based on alphabetical order. It seems like such a silly thing, especially since you are cheating kids of the chance to alphabetize, but in reality taking an extra 10 minutes every time you want students to hand in work is too much.

Most teachers would do well to observe the systems built in elementary classrooms. From lining up to handing in work, all of it is designed to make it easier on the teacher. Sure she is probably pretty good at wrangling cats and putting kids and their work into organized groups, but why would you want to stress yourself out like that 6 times a day. Create a system for every routine and teach it to the kids. When your papers come to you in alphabetical order and grouped by class it can save you hours of time entering grades.

Monday I had a sub. I went south to see the eclipse (totally worth it). She collected work alright, one big pile of work. Ninety students with no rhyme or reason to the collection. Build your system so the kids can do it then let them run things. This way subs won’t ruin thing for you.

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