Valuable Lessons from my First Makerspace Year
In my article for AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog, I decided to reflect on my first year of having a Makerspace in my library. I started our Makerspace back in January of 2014, so 2014-2015 was my first full school year with a Makerspace, our first makerspace year.
Check out this excerpt from my article:
My ideas and philosophy were constantly growing and evolving as we tried new activities and formats at my school. Some experiments worked; some failed miserably. But I learned from each and every one as our makerspace grew into an integral part of our library culture. Looking back on the last year and a half, I’ve realized that there’s several essential lessons I’ve learned in getting our makerspace going. Hopefully they can help save you some stress (and reassure you that everything will be awesome).
As more and more schools are creating makerspaces and changing how they pursue learning, I think it’s essential for us to look back and reflect and see what we can do to make things even more awesome. I learned a lot of lessons in our first makerspace year, including:
- Look for inspiration everywhere
- Let others know what you’re up to
- Listen to student voice from the beginning
- Make it unique for your space
- Don’t wait until you’re ready
Read the whole thing over on AASL Knowledge Quest.