Tinker Time for Teacher: Session 1 Reflection #itlchat #tinker #makerspace #coffeechugPLN

Tuesday I lived up to my words. I created a time in my schedule to allow for Teacher Tinker Time. I blocked off three class periods(one for each grade level prep period) to allow for most of the staff to stop down to my room and PLAY!

I set up my Macbook with a Makey Makey connected to apples to play Halloween sounds.

I had three tables with Lego EV3 building kits

I had a table with four Rubik’s Cube

I had a table to make a trebuchet.

I had space to just chat!

I was lucky enough to have teachers give up their valuable prep time to test this out. One teacher brought in some beverage for everyone(thank you Mr. Uhde). Coffee will be there next time!

I left things wide open. I wanted to see how teachers would operate in this environment. 6th grade prep brought in about 6 teachers. We had some amazing discussion on topics of new literacies. One teacher started to build a robot. I think we are going to head up a teacher Sumo Bot competition. Another teacher was tinkering with Skype and figuring out how to make this work. It was a lot of fun. Many were fascinated by the Makey Makey and this gave me some ideas for future sessions.

8th grade brought in three teachers and after playing around with Makey Makey we just sat and had a really good chat about what exactly should we be teaching? How do we teach for a future unknown for some many levels. In the end it comes down to teachers getting themselves out of comfort zones so we can expect the same from our students.

7th grade was left empty.

So, what does this all mean? I know that I must continue to make this happen. I think this is such a valuable time that needs to be in schools for educators. Can I make it better? Absolutely. I think I need to provide a more specific titles to each session. I still want freedom and fun, but creativity needs constraints and I did not put any constraints into the first session.

Reflecting on Tuesday, here is where we are headed.

Session #2: Augment Reality Chaos!

Session #3: Teacher created newspaper with AR (this is going to be AWESOME!)

Session #4 – ? I will leave as a surprise but I have 10 sessions planned.

It was not perfect, but it was fun. Many new ideas were discussed. I learned myself. Anytime you try something new you know that you have to just go with it. Now that I have one under my belt I know what it will take to make it even better.

I loved it! I loved that teachers showed up and my goal will be to have a full classroom by the end of the year.

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Coffee Chat Tuesdays – I am creating Tinker Time in my school! #itlchat #coffeechugcafe #coffeechug{:N

Well, the title is a bit misleading as I don’t really have coffee to serve…….yet.

With a shuffle in things here at BMS I will get coffee up and running soon, but for now the title remains.

I am trying to find a time in the day that is easygoing, but a place to share out ideas, ask questions, and brainstorm.I know plates are full and meetings are rampant, but here is what I am going to put together.

Tuesdays 6th, 7th, and 8th period if you have nothing going on please come down to my room.

During this time we will develop BMS Tinker Time – http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/10/teacher-tinker-time-where-is-it.html

You can read the blog post linked, but these things are not allowed to be brought into the room.

  • grade papers
  • lesson plan
  • destress about students, life, school
  • do paperwork
  • attendance
  • PD
  • etc.
Instead during this time they enter an Innovative Studio, Tinker Lab, whatever you want to call it and just 
  • play
  • color
  • experiment
  • engage in conversation about wild ideas
  • design
  • build
  • draw
  • brainstorm
  • act like a child

Those that enter will come with crazy big ideas to share, celebrate their successes, or come down play with legos and other nerdy things.

No complaining, no excuses, no whining, no negativity.

Time to just chill, brainstorm, chat, and leave refreshed and and excited to try something unexpected.

So feel free to stop down. I will be there. I will have some things set up in case we have nothing to talk about. I have always wanted to build a herd of Lego elephants that communicate with each other 🙂

Maybe I will see you Tuesday, maybe I won’t. No worries either way!

Coffee will be around sometime in the future!

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Teacher Tinker Time – Where is it? #coffeechugPLN

This idea has been stuck in my head for about a month.

Teachers need a Tinker Time block built into their schedule.

And now it is time to work! #notepad #coffeechugpln #books #reading #passion #bettpassion #fastcompany #design #blog #lego

Just one period of the day where they are not allowed to

  • grade papers
  • lesson plan
  • destress about students, life, school
  • do paperwork
  • attendance
  • PD
  • etc.
Instead during this time they enter an Innovative Studio, Tinker Lab, whatever you want to call it and just 
  • play
  • color
  • experiment
  • engage in conversation about wild ideas
  • design
  • build
  • draw
  • brainstorm
  • act like a child
I wonder what amazing things would develop if this was built into the day. 
The next big WOW moment would be to add a time for students to do the same!
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