Makers Gonna Make, Make, Make….Teachers Get A Break, Break, Break…
(Jan 15, 2018) —
It’s no secret that the #MakerMovement has taken U.S. K-12 by storm. I think that more than any other ‘trend’ in my 12 years in education, embracing what it is to be a #Maker has had the most profound impact on culture, but not just for students…for TEACHERS!
Here are MY 3 reasons why #MakerEd will save teaching.
#3 - Permission to make a mess and not clean it up is LIBERATING!
Design Thinking (see Stanford D-School) is all the rage right now in education, and rightfully so. It allows teachers and administrators take a good, hard look at what’s working for kids, and an even harder look at what isn’t. Finding a true problem of practice is impossible unless you can isolate ways in which your students struggle. Often our perceptions of what kids have difficulty with are debunked when we dig into the learning trenches with them. I felt more needed and valuable as a teacher in the moments when I struggled and persevered WITH my students. Those moments made me a better teacher, and a better human.
#1 - Making means stepping out of your comfort zone…and that is FUN!
After starting down the yellow brick road of making, I have seen the return on the cultural investment in many ways. Kids are able to problem solve, honor the hard work of others, recognize their learning as a process, and ENJOY school.
SPOILER ALERT: Teachers experience the same happy side effects.
In the last 6 months, I have tried more, had more fun, worked harder, and honored the process more than the product. I have become a #maker, and I would NEVER DREAM OF GOING BACK!
iTeach at Kennesaw State University