AASL Post: How to Deal When Things Go Wrong in Your Makerspace

How to Deal When Things Go Wrong in Your Makerspace | AASL Knowledge Quest, @DianaLRendina | Despite what it may seem like from Instagram feeds and blog posts, makerspaces are not always rainbows and sunshine. Stuff goes wrong. Things get broken. Students aren't always engaged. Here's some advice on how to deal when things go wrong in your space.

How to Deal When Things Go Wrong in Your Makerspace: An AASL Knowledge Quest Post

In my recent AASL Knowledge Quest post, I get into the messier and less pleasant aspects of running a makerspace.  The fact is that things go wrong in makerspaces, and it helps to be equipped with how to deal with problems that will come up.

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If you solely went by my blog posts and Instagram feed, you might think that my makerspace is all rainbows and sunshine, that all of my students are 100% engaged all the time, always building insanely amazing projects and happily color-coding their LEGOs as they put them away.

But the fact is that I live in the real world, and this is middle school, and things go wrong. Some days there’s paint and glitter all over the floor. There are days when my students rebel and refuse to work on any projects. Once there was an incident involving a 6-foot long K’nex launcher and a television screen (read on to learn who wins that battle). The fact of the matter is that things go wrong in my makerspace all the time. Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how to deal with them and not let them get me down. Hopefully this post can save you a little pain and suffering.

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In my post, I go into several different examples of times when things have gone wrong in my makerspace.  Over time, I’ve developed strategies and methods for handling situations like these.  Learn what to do when:

  • The kids make an insane mess and don’t want to clean up
  • No one is engaged in the project
  • Something gets broken

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.