MakerSpaces can be a great catalyst for the growth of social-emotional learning. Facilitating a maker culture can give students a venue for the development of the tools they need to recognize, understand and manage emotions and to make the responsible decisions that are critical to being a successful learner. These life long skills must be clearly articulated and deliberately discussed so that they become an intrinsic foundation for the emotional health of the student.
There are many excellent social emotional learning titles that can be used to encourage SEL development. However, a few of these also blend very well with a Maker mentality and build on some important tenants of social and emotional well being.
Take a Chance and Take Pride in Beautiful You
If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade. Take a chance, dare yourself, trust yourself, try it…and you can fly. (2011) Continue reading
At Georges Vanier, the Learning Commons is a shared space that is used by staff and students for lots of great activities. We are helping further a sense of ownership by inviting students to bring a plush toy to hang out on the shelves in the LC for a couple of weeks. Please label stuffies with your child’s name and division. No sentimental favourites, just in case…
We are continuing to create some wonderful #KindnessCounts buttons. Students and staff are designing a self portrait with a big smile. We will wear them at the Year End Celebration Assembly on June 13th.
This week in the Learning Commons some classes have begun to experiment with our new button maker. This was purchased with greatly appreciated funds from the GVPAC, the school and with profits from the Book Fair. It has been a great success and we can see lots of possibilities. The students are designing smiling faces to help us remember to smile as we pass each other in the hallways.
The Georges Vanier Learning Commons has a great collection of Mighty Girl books: stories that depict smart, confident and courageous girls. To be sure, our books with male protagonists are equally as varied and powerful. Here’s a selection of titles that may help encourage youth to find their potential and harness some of their own indomitable spirit.
This week students have been showing their learning about castles and creating their own virtual structures, incorporating the defensive design features of medieval castles. We are using a free app called Castle Builder – Minecraft style – that allows the students to view their creations in 3D.
We have also begun our Pink Shirt Day promotions. Students in Ms. Dhaliwal’s and Mrs. Lutz’s class created graphics that they will be posting on their student blogs to help spread the word about Anti-Bullying. We created images in Chalkboard App and imported them into Comic Book App to add quotes and pizazz.
We also had our first #KindnessCounts nomination for a group of students. Check out our Storify of recent nominations.
Students in Division 10 talked about friendship and we read Chris Raschka’s Book ‘Yo! Yes?’ and created our own interpretation of the story. We tweeted out our video and Chris Raschka favourited our work!
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka and Division 10 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
While reading some great Christmas stories, we discussed how to determine character and setting. Some Grade 1 and 2 students contributed to a slideshare to show their learning.
Pirates Have Feelings Too from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
In the Vanier Learning Commons we read ‘Happy’ by Mies van Hout. We talked about emotions and what those feelings can look like in our facial expressions. Students used Doodle Buddy App to create art in the style of Mies van Hout. There are some pretty happy pirates here…
In the Learning Commons, some classes are beginning to share the nominations for the Surrey School’s Picture Book of the Year. We have ten books to choose from. Students are judging the books on how engaging they find the story and the style of the illustrations. Watch this space to find out which book we finally select at Vanier.
Students in the Natural Disasters Club have been giving a lot of thought to their feelings about the devastation caused by Tsunamis. We used an online tool called TodaysMeet.com for students to list some words or phrases to express their feelings about the natural disaster. We organized our thoughts using the Keynote App and shared our learning on the student blogs.
Some Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing with our ‘Love your Learning’ theme and used the iPad camera, PicCollage, Balloon Stickie App and Dropbox to create mini posters that feature a book that they love to read. The best part is…this is independent work! From camera to importing to creating to exporting to uploading. Yahoo! The images were complied in iMovie and are posted on our Vanier on Video Vimeo channel athttps://vimeo.com/annacrosland/videos
I love this book from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
Mrs. Rempel’s class used Pic Collage and ProCreate App to present their poetry. Students in Division 5 used DoodleBuddy and Comic Book App to create anti-bullying posters. Grade 2 and 3 used PicCollage to show their learning about QR codes. They posted their work to their student blogs.
Students used this great geometric design app to create art. They exported their work into photos and then uploaded to Dropbox. Great job!
iOrnament App Grade 1 and 2 create with geometry from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.