The blog I checked out this week is called Stretching Forward. It is all about Janelle Wilson, teacher of eleven-year-olds.
The blog post introduced something unfamiliar to me: the Maker Movement. This movement provides opportunities to students, and Wilson's school hosted a Maker's Fest. The occasion gave students a chance to be leaders. They organized the event, starting with a dessert bar, and concluding with an awards ceremony. However, the students did all of the ground work. They sent out surveys ahead of time to decide the awards recipients, they designed and prepared the certificates, organized presenters, and ordered the cake.
Pulling off an event such as this, involves pre-planning, planning, and lots of lists. I am very impressed that 2 Juniors in high school spearheaded the whole affair. Wilson capitalizes on the leadership skills that came out of this event. A movement that is helping people in ways of industry, is also helping students become leaders.
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