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Lindy Roberson - Makerspace Mindsets, Creative Learning Environments

I am a Junior Kindergarten Teacher at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN. Our Early Childhood classrooms focus on establishing learning environments that foster inquiry, tinkering, and making.  As a part of the PYP program, our framework blossoms from different Units of Inquiry. With the Makerspace Movement upon us, I’ve worked to create an authentic “Makerspace Mindset” in my classrooms, finding ways to intertwine these opportunities with traditional curricular framework. Prior to teaching at Lausanne, I taught 4th and 5th with Shelby County School (TN) and 1st grade with Jackson Public School (MS).  Transitioning from 5th grade to Junior Kindergarten I became keenly aware of the significant role Early Childhood/ Lower Elementary teachers played in developing a strong foundation.

I have been an educator for 11 years.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis on Early Childhood Development at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I was trained in the Efficacy Institute based on supporting student’s development of a healthy mindset in regards to intelligence and development. When I moved to teaching Early Childhood, was trained in The Project Approach, modeling after ideas from Duke School.  More recently, I have received Level One Training for PYP.

I am passionate about creating learning environments that spark innovation and critical thinking while encompassing traditional educational goals. Supporting our learner’s inquiries from an early age establishes their thought process as a learner.   I believe teachers can foster the Makerspace Mindset in any learning environment.  While the practice of providing student with choice grows, the need for Elementary Educators to expose our students to  has become more common for us to provide choice to our older students to “show us what you know” as Elementary Educators, I believe it is our duty to equip our students with the tools, resourcefulness, and motivation My goal as an educator is to draw on students unique and creative ideas, coach them through their thought process, communication methods, vocabulary and collaboration.

The research outcomes of providing Makerspace Moments/Makerspace Mindset Include:

  • Inquisitive, imaginative, and motivated learners
  • Inspire confidence
  • Creative, higher-order problem solving
  • Shift from ready-made knowledge to a classroom environment ripe for exploration, creativity and collaboration

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Consultant Contact

As a Lausanne Learning Consultant, Janet exemplifies the Lausanne Learning Five Consulting Characteristics:

  1. Student-Centered Character: LL Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: LL Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: LL Consultants are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: LL Consultants ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: LL Consultants won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said

Resources

Scholastic: What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

Renovated Learning: Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says

Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Raise Smarter Children

TED: Gever Tulley: Life Lessons Through Tinkering

Oxford Learning: Engaging Young Learners Through Inquiry-Based Learning

Lindy Roberson

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Lausanne Collegiate School

1381 West Massey Road

Memphis, TN 38120

tel. 901-474-1004

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