This week’s showcase is maker educator extraordinaire, Stephen Eames, from Raroa Normal Intermediate School. He’s also on the #educampwelly planning team, so make sure you come along to St Mary’s on 28 February and meet him!
1. What brought you to #WellyED?
The #WellyEd group is an exciting initiative that brings like minded educators together to network, discuss, debate, celebrate and share ideas. I love hearing what people are up to in their schools and of innovative ideas and approaches to education. There are so many creative, clever people in the education sector. I am excited to be part of #WellyEd.
2. What’s something exciting that’s happening in your classroom or in your sector?
The creation of a flexible learning space, connecting 5+ learning spaces which utilises the skills and passions of 4 teachers and 1 trainee teacher.
Exploring modern learning practices, particularly focusing on student agency and student orientation. Yay fun times!!
3. Who or what inspires you?
Students, my colleagues, teachers from other schools, educational speakers, innovators, makers and creators, The Mind Lab and Makerspaces, inventors and artists, clever people and humorous people. I am continually being inspired. Education is a wonderful profession for this.
4. What’s your next professional learning goal?
Continue to be innovative, experiment and develop an exciting, future-focused learning environment. I want to prompt and encourage change in educational practices within my school, possibly wider. I am also interested in the maker movement and the power of construction, play, tinkering and technology. This year I will be working with our Design Production Education Team, developing programmes and supporting innovations in this area.
5. When I’m not teaching I’m…
Spending time with my children, two and five. I also mountain bike, play football, jog, and play with Lego.