My New Makerspace

Following a long-standing habit of remaking myself every few years, I have renamed my former “Teaching/Learning & Technology” blog “Ruthk’s Makerspace,” and started off in a new direction.

Made in Scratch!

For the past few years I have been devoting  time at the elementary school where I volunteer as a tutor/mentor to help teachers and school administrators make and maintain their own classroom blogs and websites.  I have gone as far as I could with that project, and  now I am going to use this found time to learn 3D drawing and printing techniques to create some custom knitting looms for my other hobby, Knitting Together Cville.  I am just getting started, and this will take a while.  Don’t hold your breath!

I am hoping that in the future I might be offered the opportunity to help some of the kids learn about 3D printing . I just read some advice on choosing a hobby that said to make sure before you start that it is something you can accomplish.  If kids can do it, I should be able to learn, right?   Well, as I said, don’t hold your breath.

Why I Volunteer with FISH


My favorite Volunteer AND Lifelong-Learning activity in Charlottesville is my work as a FISH Mentor/Tutor with ESL (English as a Second Language) students at a nearby elementary school.

I am learning so much about other languages, countries, cultures, and customs.  Of course I am helping these students learn how to read, write, and converse in English, but I am sure that this social activity is helping ME become  a more informed global citizen at the same time.

Needless to say, spending time with young people is part of a healthy and active lifestyle – more exercise at times than a trip to the gym!

… Adding a piece to the puzzle is research conducted about AARP Experience Corps, a nonprofit enterprise run by AARP that brings people age 50 and over into elementary schools. The project started in five cities in 1995 and has since expanded to 20 metropolitan areas. And in a series of studies, volunteers found physical benefits from getting to and from school, as well as cognitive gains from interacting with children.

Read more: New York Times/Working Longer May Benefit Your Health

Thanks, JABA, for this opportunity!

More information:  JV FISH