This session will walk through how a Pre-K study about reusable materials unfolded, and the lessons learned about the importance of parent coaching and slowing down the process of project learning for all.
This session tells of the unfolding of a PreK study about biodegradable materials and the concepts of recycling and reusing, which resulted in a deep dive into project creation and maker thinking. Through large and small group zoom meetings, individual video calls, and on site outdoor learning teachers supported students and families as they planned and created unique projects made from recycled materials.
Teachers will share how we carefully and visually walked families through the steps of project creation, beginning with a child’s idea. We will discuss how to guide children and families as they make a plan, execute it, present it, and reflect on their work in community with their peers. We will share documentation of each step of the journey gathered in partnership with families. This workshop in “re-thinking” maker planning and the project approach will discuss what we learned about learning during the pandemic, and we’ll share our tools for success: intentionally slowing down, breaking down the process of project learning, and working with families as their children’s co-teachers. Teachers will share the visuals, documentation, and planning tools that helped facilitate these discoveries and strengthen the home-school learning partnership.