I will be presenting at the Wayne RESA Maker-STEM Summit on the topic of Making, Literacy, and Language. Making is a great way to demonstrate deep learning that can go beyond a student’s verbal abilities or language level. Think about important things you have learned in your life like Grandma’s special recipes or swinging a golf club. Is language the best way to transmit that learning? Do you know things that go deeper than language?
How about the other way around? Can a good story ber jumping-off point for a really interesting maker project that takes the learning beyond the pages of the book? Langage and making go hand in hand. Planning and executing a project usually require some sort of language and explaining afterward is a great way to extend both vocabulary and thinking.