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The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

The famous educational philosopher, John Dewey, stated “We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.’ Maker education involves hands-on and experiential activities. Learning can occur through the act of making but having learners reflect on their making experiences increases the likelihood of learning. It is not left to chance.

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The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

  1. The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner
  2. Example “Make”
  3. Critical reflection is an important part of any learning process. Without reflection, learning becomes only an activity — like viewing a reality TV show — which was never meant to have meaning, but was only meant to occupy time.
  4. Critical reflection is an active, conversive, dialectical exercise that requires as much intellectual work as does every other aspect of the learning process. In reflection, all the learned material can be gathered about, sorted and resorted, and searched through for greater understanding and inspiration
  5. A recent research study published via Harvard Business Review concluded that: ● Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection-that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience. ● Reflecting on what has been learned makes experience more productive. ● Reflection builds one’s confidence in the ability to achieve a goal (i.e., self-efficacy), which in turn translates into higher rates of learning.
  6. Honoring multiple means of reflection
  7. Talk About It
  8. Sketch it
  9. Write about it.
  10. Take a photo or create a video about it
  11. Tweet (or snapchat or Facebook) about it.
  12. Some Making Reflection Questions
  13. Was I resourceful in terms of finding information, resources, and materials?
  14. Did I accept failure as part of the process and use it to inform my learning?
  15. Did I approach learning as an open- ended process; open to new & all possibilities?
  16. Did I try to either make something better or create something new rather than just copy something that already exists?
  17. Did I ask other people for feedback and information; to collaborate?
  18. Did I share my work and findings with others?
  19. Did I play and have fun?
  20. Did I learn something new?
  22. Educator as Lead Learner
  24. eBook: Educator as Maker Educator