Editor’s note: Since last September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.
The maker movement is built on an emphasis of learning through doing.
It is a culture of learning through exploration, self-fulfillment and discovering personal learning styles. It is a movement that caters to all students and increases their interests by allowing them autonomy to be creative. Through 2016, it seems the maker movement has expanded even further and become a new trend unto itself, despite its theories being supported as far back as the 1970s.
Tutoring centers like Sylvan Learning and Kumon are jumping aboard the movement and hosting maker classes as part of their curriculum — but not because of the decades of studies that have concluded this method is the most effective for teaching a large population of students. Instead these classes are integrated because they’re trendy.
While trends allow businesses to enjoy their slice of the market and “get in while it’s hot,” trends don’t always translate to the best quality of services or products for consumers. The maker movement is no different. While there are several maker classes held across the nation, many do not hold true to the original form of maker learning.
A maker class allows for different students from various backgrounds and academic experiences, even various ages and learning styles, to come together and use those differences during their exploration. Students are not to adhere to step-by-step instruction on how to create, but instead should be given the tools for creation with little instruction.
Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The girls are all right, or scroll down to begin from earlier in her inspiring journey
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