Within our NE/Yr 1 classroom we have developed maker provocations in order to introduce maker thinking into a play-based classroom. For us, a play-based classroom revolves around choice. Therefore, maker provocations are presented to the students as a class and are then left in the classroom for students to choose (or not) to complete.
The aim of the provocations are to expose students to the possibilities of a maker space, without forcing it upon them. Therefore, provocations provide opportunities for students to use a range of tools and skills to make and create with. Tools may include needles and thread, Scratch Junior or Beebots. Skills may include, making something move, such as using pulleys and propellers or digital skills such as coding. As an example, a provocation may invite students to use materials available to them, such as popsicle sticks and rubber bands, to make a propeller for Jolly Rogers boat.
Through providing these opportunities within the classroom, we have found that, at the very least, students are exposed to a broader range of maker possibilities. However, those students who are ready and willing, are extended in their play and not only produce some amazing creations, but utilise the skills they have learnt in the provocations, within other making and creating.
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