LEARNING CENTRE MAKEOVER
Educator Name: Elena Bukshtinovich
Monster Machine Centre
Before
Your Reflections
(What were you dissatisfied with
in your “before” learning
centre?)
Monster Machine Centre
After
Impact on Children
(Do you feel that what you did
improved the learning opportunities
for the children?)
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This centre was inspired by
a centre I observed in Kathinka
Cameron’s classroom (Near
North District School Board). I
utilized this centre in my
placement in a Kindergarten
classroom (not FDK at the time).
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The students would benefit
from more open-ended
resources.
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The students would also
benefit from more variety in the
resources they could used
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A new and improved monster
machine centre would give
students a greater opportunity to
autonomously create and
investigate. The centre would
take into consideration that
young learners are kinesthetic,
independent learners.
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A new and improved centre
would stimulate the students’
imagination and creativity more.
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A new and improved centre
would allow for more student
expression of thoughts, feelings,
and opinions, through various
mediums.
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As I am currently a Daily
Occasional Teacher, I do not
have the opportunity to
implement the “after” learning
centre.
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In the after centre, materials
should be much more open-
ended to allow for multiple
access points: scissors, glue,
glue sticks, tape, stapler, paper
clips, paper fasteners, twist ties,
different types of paper, various
textures of paper, greeting cards,
wrapping paper, tissue paper,
aluminum foil, and cellophane.
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Found materials at the center
can include: doilies, napkins,
glitter, beads, scrap fabric,
beads, and sequins.
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The after centre would allow
for more development of fine-
motor skills through the use of
glue, scissors, pencil crayons,
crayons, markers.
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Absolutely, having more
open-ended resources, and more
variety in the materials the
students could use to create the
monster would provide for more
learning to occur.
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The centre’s improvement
would be evident in the students’
products: products would be more
creative, and much different from
the exemplars. In fact, there would
be no need for exemplars, as
students would be independently
and autonomously creating their
own monsters.
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Further, there would be more
students at the centre, and its
increased popularity would
indicate the centre’s improvement.
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Students would exhibit a great
sense of pride in their own work
and accomplishment.