First of all, I'd just like to address that I am a terrible blogger. Something really needs to resonate with me to write an actual blog post that goes beyond my typical 140 characteristic tweet. And yes, today is that day. There are so many thoughts swirling in my head right now - I can only hope that I can succinctly and coherently address them.
Making as I like to define it, is based on Papert’s theory of constructionism. Making can build knowledge when project our own understandings through the active and physical creation of personally meaningful artifacts.
One must carefully consider the two pillars of constructionism -- making and sharing -- and how they relate to assessing learning and teaching practices in the makerspace. The richness of making lies in the ability of all learners to share their thinking processes in the attempt to make sense, re-assess, evaluate and confirm the world around them. We all (teachers included) must make the time to share and reflect on learning in order to assess current levels of knowledge in order to facilitate future instruction. How and when are we providing time for sharing and reflection not only between students but amongst staff? How are we moving forward as a community of learners?
A next step, then, is to develop maker experiences that: