Thinkering Studio - Grade Levels


Overview

Design, Make, Remix, Hack, Create, Build, Program, Craft, Etc.

Welcome to the Thinkering Studio. Thinkering Studio is a collaborative space/class/studio for students to:
  • explore questions, challenges, topics or technologies of interest, at their own pace, and in directions of their choosing
  • collaborate informally and formally, in person and electronically, synchronously and asynchronously
  • plan and reflect on their creations, processes, successes, difficulties, and learning through a multimodal journal and portfolio
  • create footsteps, examples, resources, or other artifacts for themselves & others who might follow
  • integrate technology as appropriate
  • (think 3M, Bell Labs, Google's 20% time, Apple's Blue Sky program, etc.)

5th Grade

  • Ungraded
  • Journal - bulleted plans from beginning of year
    • Effort & Achievement - Effort added Q3 and Achievement Q4
    • Weekly plan includes SMART goals
  • Reflections - 1 per month
  • Proposals - for every new project
  • Portfolio - adds 1 project and 1 reflection per marking period
  • Peer critiques - monthly - sharing followed by questions
  • Mini-Lessons
    • When have you discovered for yourself or taught yourself something? (Inside or outside of school)
    • How is learning how to play soccer, play an instrument, learn English, learn a language at school, write a story, etc. similar/different?
    • Using the documentation and reflection prompts for journal ideas (end of first month)
    • What is failure? How can failure be beneficial? How do you overcome failures?
      • Are there levels of failure?
      • What is a smart failure?
      • If you achieve an "Epic Fail," have you learned more than most people who easily succeed or succeed by following a "recipe"?
    • Creating and curating a learning portfolio (end of Q1)
    • Marzano's Effort and Achievement Rubric (starting Q3)

6th Grade

  • Ungraded
  • Journal - plans and effort & achievement weekly
  • Reflections - every other week
  • Proposals - for every new project
  • Peer critiques - monthly for first marking period, every other week for 2nd-4th marking periods
  • Portfolio - adds 1 project and 1 reflection per marking period
  • Mini-Lessons
    • What are some general strategies to learn something? Which do you seem to prefer? What are some things that make it harder to learn? How do different technologies help/hinder your learning?
    • How do you know when to stop/give up on a project? What is grit? Perseverance? (see habit 1)
    • Providing critical feedback (end of first month)
    • Consumption versus Production discussion - Q4

7th Grade

  • Graded
  • Journal - plans and effort & achievement weekly
  • Reflections - every other week
  • Proposals - for every new project
  • Peer critiques - every other week
  • Portfolio - adds 1 project and 1 reflection per marking period
  • Mini-Lessons
    • Can anyone else actually teach you anything? "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." Socrates
    • Reflection Rubric

8th Grade

  • Graded
  • Journal - plans and effort & achievement weekly
  • Reflections - every other week
  • Proposals - for every new project
  • Peer critiques - every other week
  • Portfolio - adds 1 project and 1 reflection per marking period
  • Final reflection/letter
  • Mini-Lessons
    • add