MAKER @ OAK GROVE
"....the Maker philosophy that all students are Makers and making as well as hands on learning teaches the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking."
Oak Grove Maker Philosophy, by Principal Paige Gardner
Oak Grove has always been a Maker type of school. Our vision is: To provide all students with a positive learning environment which empowers them to become responsible and productive citizens of the world. We focus on the tenets of respect, responsibility, safety, and kindness. Our school and district goals include academic excellence, engagement in the arts, stewardship of the environment, the development of life skills, and celebration of diversity. This vision aligns with the Maker philosophy that all students are Makers and making as well as hands on learning teaches the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
Our garden kitchen, gardening, music and movement, visual thinking strategies, science learning in our outdoor classroom, The Grove, clay and drawing art classes all support the Maker philosophy. In the past 2 years we have added more school-wide Maker activities including the cardboard challenge, the five minute film festival, and the hour of code.
I have been the principal of Oak Grove for eight years. Since I have been principal, we have been embracing the maker movement and philosophy. All teachers have taken part in the Maker activities during staff meetings including the duct tape clothing contest and the pipe cleaner tower competition. Together our staff has examined the Common Core State Standards in Math (practices), ELA/literacy, and the Next Generation Science Standards in relation to Maker activities and learning experiences. We have all read the book Mindset, by Carol Dwek. We believe in taking risks, making mistakes, and learning from our mistakes.
We are all Makers and we believe in Maker Education!