First things first: At Makers Academy they’re not too fond of the word “teacher.” They prefer “coach.”
Second of all, there’s the misconception that a laid-back approach means students can do what they want. Oh, that is SO not the case as Makers Academy’s Sam Morgan explains in his thorough blog post on what really goes on at the school.
He not only takes you through what the structure of a typical day looks like, but he also breaks down the teaching, ahem, coaching methods at Makers Academy -- contextualized learning, hands-on projects, working in pairs.
Here are 5 of our favorite quotes from Sam’s blog post:
1. “Being a developer is like being a sports player: less about what you know, and more about how you do it. Because of the obvious connection with sports, ‘coach’ seemed like the right word.”
2. “Students pair with coach and alumni helper support throughout the morning, building real stuff using tools and practices we’d expect from a professional junior developer. From day one.”
3. “Throughout the day, we’ve got table tennis, yoga, discussion groups, excessive N64 gaming, and the odd NERF battle. These kinds of activities are designed to keep your brain alive and your motivation intact.” (Um, this sounds AWESOME!)
4. “By planning structured projects, then waiting until students raise issues within them at the time they’re doing them, we can give tighter, more focussed breakouts on concepts as if they were ways to solve problems. “
5.“By self-imposing a structure on pairing, we can leverage so much from both parties. Weaker partners should feel like they can look dumb in front of stronger partners. Stronger partners are challenged to analyze and identify topic misunderstandings in weaker partners, and use their superior topic knowledge to explain things in just the right way. Pairing is about getting two people into the same headspace around a problem, feeling great, and leveling each other up.”
Read the full blog post here.