What did you do in practice?
We created a maker teacher program in hopes of engaging parents in a meaningful and purposeful in the classroom. In three courses, teachers taught parents about maker learning, including the principles of making, the fundamentals of coaching creativity through making and operations of a makerspace. By the end of the training, parents became Maker Teachers and able to help teachers in the classroom. The benefits of this program have positively impacted the teachers, students and parents.
Why did you do this implementation trial?
We wanted to authentically bring parents into the classroom. Frankly, we needed help in the classrooms and we knew there was genuine interest from parents, especially those not typically engaged with us. This included parents of different backgrounds — nuclear engineer, professor, grandmother — who wanted to learn from their kids' teachers and become assistant maker teachers. We felt this would create a long-lasting bond and trust between parents and teachers while helping our students.