Posted by: jwhiff | June 9, 2018

Maker Space

I finished organizing the school maker space this Friday. We have an old computer lab that was just collecting junk. It is a great space for some crafty maker projects.

I drew on my classroom maker space experience. It’s handy to have lots of roomy containers for recycled stuff, obviously. The old computer desks are perfect work spaces, plus there are outlets for hot glue guns.

I keep sewing kits and glue guns in an old teacher’s desk. It is good to get kids to ask for these and even sign them out.

The key for a well-run maker space is to get kids to window shop for ideas and inspiration, draw out plans and lists of needed materials and then get the plan officially approved before diving in. Younger classes can work with buddies for that purpose. They can then keep ongoing journal reflections on how projects are coming along. Excellent for core competency practice (bringing together communication, creativity and critical thinking).

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