Episode 024: Makerspace

This is the eighth and final episode of the Passing Notes Podcast Tech Series and we are focusing on the STEAM world of Makerspace!

A makerspace is a collaborative space where students can explore the STEAM world around them. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math and offers students open-ended opportunities to explore the 21st century skills that will prepare them for their future. STEAM is hands-on and involves the use of critical thinking skills.

For this episode, I interviewed Chris Smith. Chris is the Director of Early Childhood for Enid Public Schools. In her work she supports early childhood educators in the classroom to improve instruction and provide the best, developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Chris and her teachers have created a superb makerspace for their students. In the makerspace the students use this area to create and explore the world around them.

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Chris (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):

  1. Introduce yourself (background/experience)
  2. Tell us about what you do?
  3. What is a makerspace?
  4. How can teachers use makespace to teach core STEM and STEAM principles to their students?
  5. What does a teacher need to get started in their Makerspace? What items and materials need to go into a Makerspace?
  6. Where should teachers start?
  7. What should teachers add over time?
  8. Do materials depend on age group?
  9. How should a teacher introduce Makespace time to their students?
  10. What routines and procedures need to be put in place beforehand?
  11. What setbacks keep teachers from having a makerspace time?
  12. How can teachers pull in other content areas into a makerspace area?
  13. What advice/cautions do you have for teachers just getting started in makerspace?
  14. What are you excited about in the world of ed tech?
  15. What are your go-to resources?

Episode 023: Self-Care

We’ve all half listened to a flight attendant inform us that in the event of a plane’s decompression an oxygen mask will drop down in front of you. They go on to explain how to put the oxygen mask on and then the flight attendant says “if you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.” They tell us this because they know that a person is useless in an emergency situation if they have not cared for themselves first.

Sometimes this happens to us as educators, we forget to take care of ourselves in order to care for those who rely on us daily. Education is an exhausting job and we need to make sure that self-care is a priority! Todd Whitaker says,

“The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.”

So exercise, go for a walk, hike, hug, take a bubble bath, color, journal, read a book, talk to a friend – do whatever it is you need to bring your best for your students every day.

For this episode, I interviewed Lindsay Simpson. Lindsay is an NASM Certified Personal Trainers as well as a wife and mother of 3. She has a passion for helping others achieve their health, well-being, self-love, and care goals. She is the woman behind Fitness with Lindsay, which provides fitness advice, tips and motivation for helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Below are the questions I prepared to ask Lindsay:

  1. Tell us who you are and what you do.
  2. Why did you start doing the work that you do? What drives it?
  3. What is self-care?
  4. Why is self-care important?
  5. You work with a lot of teachers and other care professionals – why is it important for them to focus on self-care?
  6. What role does self-care play in overall health, mental or physical?
  7. What are healthy self-care options?
  8. How do teachers develop a practice of self-care?
  9. How can teachers carve time out of their day for self-care?
  10. Why is a focus on health, mental and physical, important to overall well being?
  11. What practical steps can educators take towards being healthy?
  12. In what ways does a focus on individual health impact all other aspects of your life?
  13. What are your go-to resources?

This episode was recorded at and mastered by Design Tunnel in downtown OKC!