AASL Post: To Teach Makers, We Must Become Makers

To Teach Makers We Must Become Makers // If we want to help teach and support our makers, we must become makers ourselves. By taking on projects, we can learn the design process and develop empathy.

Makerspaces are amazing places. Our students can learn all kinds of new skills. But it behooves us to learn some of those skills ourselves. You certainly don’t have to be an expert in all things to create a makerspace in your library.

When I first started creating a makerspace in my library in 2014, I was figuring things out as I went along.  Sure, I knew how to sew and knit and played with LEGOs a ton as a kid.  But science wasn’t my favorite subject growing up, so things like circuits and coding were pretty new to me.  So I became a maker alongside my students and we learned together.

To Teach Makers, We Must Become Makers

In my February post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share a little more of my story.  We look at a few examples of ways we can become makers ourselves and better serve our students.

In the post you’ll learn more about

  • How we can go through the design process
  • How to develop empathy for your students
  • Why it’s important to learn alongside your students

Click on over to read the full article


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.