The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows are a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their blogs represent their diverse experience and interests in creating better educational oportunities for all.
Earth Day 2015 is coming this month! So, celebrate by having your students do an upcycling activity. To help you out, I'm giving you a free upcycling curriculum.
Here are the 4 easy steps:
- Download the free Design Case Curriculum PDFs using this link. (I'm making this opensource under the creative commons now so feel free to pass it along) and unzip it. (see quick start below)
- Go to your local bike shop, climbing wall, upholstery shop, etc. and ask for some of their hard-to-recycle items like rubber tubs, old ropes, discarded fabric, corks, burlap, etc.
- Use the activities in the Design Case Curriculum to help your students create a new upcycled product.
I like when Seymour explain about the process to develop his writing as the analogy to new perspective to look at learning. The first 'unacceptable draft' that leads to revision with 'critical eyes' and kind of self-assessment and develop work from feedback into presentable form, these steps made me look at the learning process in the different way. Looking at the mistakes as the opportunity to learn and develop not just for marking as failures is really the key change.