How ‘Makers’ Make the Classroom More Inclusive #MakerEducation
Check out this great piece that highlights the benefits of incorporating the maker spirit and approach into your classroom, published earlier this fall, by The New York Times.
When Jean Kaneko started volunteering at her son’s kindergarten class in Santa Monica, Calif., she was surprised by how hesitant the children were to play with toys they didn’t recognize, to make a mess and, well, to be kids.
“‘I can’t do that. I’m not good at that,’” she remembered them saying. Even at 4 or 5 years old, there was already a ‘be perfect, don’t fail’ attitude, she said.
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