Essential Question: Do you believe Constructionism brings any new ideas to the table as a theory of education? Why or Why not?
I believe that Constructionism is a theory that helps us look at educational concepts in a new light. I believe that people learn more efficiently when we use our hands versus just reading books. Hands on interaction such building things create knowledge. We learned in our textbook that Constructionism is the idea that people learn more effectively through making things. Constructionism is not a curriculum or a set of rules (Martinez).
Constructionism, is a term coined by Seymour Papert who was a student of Piaget’s, says that learning occurs “most felicitously” when constructing a public artifact “whether a sand castle on the beach or a theory of the universe.” Seymour believes that students will be more deeply involved in their learning if they are constructing something that others will see, critique, and perhaps use. Through that construction, students will face complex issues, and they will make the effort to problem-solve and learn because they are motivated by the construction (guzdial.cc.gatech.edu).
When think about what Constructionism in education, I think of one of the schools that I worked in when I worked for the Anchorage School district, Chugach Optional school. The school does not look like the other standard schools. The classrooms are in a big open settings and the classes were explained to me like families. The curriculum was not structured like the other public schools. The kids learned through doing things. They had projects and gardens that they built with their own hands. All of the kids participated and all of them felt like they were part of community family.
I like the new Constructionism way of thinking. The hands-on-way of learning is a way for kids to figure to create things. My kids are in a Stem program and love to go to school. They have so many projects where they can learn and build new things.
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.
Constructivism vs. Constructivism vs. Constructionism. (n.d.). Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://guzdial.cc.gatech.edu/Commentary/construct.html
Chugach Optional. About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://chugachoptional.asdk12.org/aboutus/
Constructionism. (n.d.). Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://guzdial.cc.gatech.edu/Commentary/construct.html