As I begin a new year at a new building - I have realized I have a lot of learning to do regarding the implementation of a makerspace enviornment in a K-8 setting. What I did at my middle school last year may not work at this school.
To begin with, using term "makerspace" concerns me. Currently, our library learning commons is still in a state of disarray. We have not completely unpacked or set up the environment. But I ask, is that such a bad thing? Last year, the LLC was the prime hub in the school for all things making. This year I don't know if I want the same thing.
I'm reminded of a Krissy Vensodale tweet about makerspaces:
Yes, I agree that the library learning commons should encourage making, exploration and discovery - but it can't been seen as the primary place where this happens. We need to develop a maker mindset in our school that encourages the fact that making can happen EVERYWHERE using ANYTHING. Making, creating and innovation does not depend on the 3D printer or other flashy gadgets that may be housed in a library learning commons. I am hesitant to define any space in our school as a makerspace unless we define EVERY SPACE as such.
The fact that the library learning commons is not ready for students is really a blessing in disguise. (Let me remember this tomorrow while I am still unpacking and shelving) I am co-planning, co-teaching, dialoguing and conversing with students and teachers on a personal level, in their classrooms where making should truly take root. The library learning commons is only another such place where students' dreams, passions, interests, creations, innovations and discoveries can flourish.
I can't wait to see where we grow next.