Can making and tinkering help us manage an uncertain return to school? As teachers think through starting curricula that work as well at home as in the classroom, hands-on project work might be an important part of the puzzle.
To explore this question, NWP Radio talks with Steve Fulton and Cindy Urbanski, both of the UNC Charlotte Writing Project, about their new book, Making Middle School: Cultivating Critical Literacy and Interdisciplinary Learning in Maker Spaces. The book grew out of the National Writing Project’s Intersections project, which supported local Writing Project sites in partnering with local science and tech museums to co-develop programming and details a host of ways to bring a ‘maker’s mindset’ to middle school classrooms across the curriculum. Filled with project ideas and curricular examples, the book emphasizes how making can engage youth in deep academic learning while fostering skills and dispositions that will serve them for life.