I'm struggling with how much instruction to give students when I want them to make. If I don't give enough instruction, it is a disaster and the work is low quality. If I give too much instruction, all of the students projects look exactly like mine.
Recently I had 5 groups of juniors build conic projects: an elliptical ferris wheel, parabola cooker, conic model, elliptical pool table, wave tank.
Some projects were successful. Some where a disaster. How might we help teachers build the right amount of instruction so that students are makers and not just copiers.