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The Invent to Learn Guide to Making in the K-3 Classroom: Why, How, and Wow! Paperback – June 22, 2016
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My kids are so lucky to have had Ms. Baggett as their technology teacher for the last 4 years. They are always so excited about the projects they work on in her class, and they often want to continue them at home, whether it be programming, or making cardboard automata.
I believe that the kind of open-ended problem solving that they practice in her class is critical for our kids future success. I taught engineering at a top-10 engineering university and I was always amazed at how incapable some of my students were at approaching problems that they had never seen before. Needless to say, you can't excel at engineering if you aren't able to apply your existing knowledge to new problems. Every one of these kids could have benefited from having a teacher like Ms. Baggett somewhere along the way!
This book makes me hopeful that other teachers can learn from Ms. Baggett and bring those awesome ideas and teaching philosophy to their classrooms. If you are a parent, and your school isn't providing these kinds of learning opportunities, you can use this book to supplement that. You and your kids will have fun doing these projects!
Ms. Baggett outlines lots projects, including lists of supplies, and tons of resources for going further. She gives advice about what works and what doesn't based on her decades of teaching technology and making in a K-3 classroom. More than the list of projects, she talks about her philosophy of teaching kids to work on open-ended projects where the "right answer" is not well defined. This is a great book!
If you teach in any capacity, buy this book. You can adapt her suggestions and apply it to your craft.