How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club

How to run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club | I've run an after-school Makers Club at my school for the last two years. Learn my tips on setting norms and routines, balancing guided projects & free time, building in reflection and sharing your projects with the world.

When I first started up my makerspace at Stewart, I knew that getting students in there after school would be the ideal time to really dive deep into projects and develop a community of makers.  During those first six months, my school didn’t have afterschool clubs but was piloting during school clubs with 6th graders, … Read more

AASL 15 Reflections

AASL 15 Reflections - In this post, I share about my experiences at the AASL 2015 conference in Columbus, OH. It starts with the Treasure Mountain preconference, then moves on to talking about meeting authors, seeing friends, sharing about makerspaces and more.

AASL Awesomeness Last week I went to my first ever American Association of School Librarians conference in Columbus, OH (thanks to ABC-CLIO and the France Henne award).  It was an amazing and wonderful whirlwind of hanging out with friends, listening to fantastic speakers, meeting my favorite authors and getting to share with so many people … Read more

How to Transform Your Library Space on a Budget

How to Transform Your Library on a Budget | In my post for AASL Knowledge Quest, I share advice and ideas learned from transforming the library at Stewart Middle Magnet over the course of five years on a small budget.

Transform Your Library Space Recently, I’ve been looking back through photos of my media center at Stewart Middle Magnet from the past five years… As I look back over these photos, I’m struck by how the space slowly evolved over this span of time. It’s easy to just focus on all the big sweeping changes we … Read more

SLJ Leadership Summit: Reflections

2015 SLJ Leadership Summit Reflections | I was honored to attend the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA. Here, I reflect on the speakers, sessions, Build Something Bold Award and other happenings at the summit,

A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privilege of attending the School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA. It was an amazing weekend filled with sightseeing, learning and good times with friends old and new.  I’m going to break up the experience with several posts. The 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit Last week … Read more

SLJ Leadership Summit: School Tours

SLJ Leadership Summit: School Tours | As a part of the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit, there were school tours to four local schools, including elementary, middle, high and private. These tours gave a great snapshot of the state of school libraries in Seattle, WA.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privilege of attending the School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Seattle, WA. It was an amazing weekend filled with sightseeing, learning and good times with friends old and new.  I’m going to break up the experience with several posts, starting with today’s. School Tours in Seattle, … Read more

5 Easy Ways to Make Space for Innovation

5 Easy Ways to Make Space for Innovation | Innovation is a hot topic in education, and it's essential for educators to find ways to support innovation in our students. In this article for AASL Knowledge Quest, I share five different ways that you can change up your library or classroom space to make room for innovation.

  5 Easy Ways to Make Space for Innovation Our school libraries are no longer made up of the rows upon rows of stacks and hushed, immovable wooden desks. At least, not if we expect them to support the innovative learning styles of our students. The libraries of today need to be interactive learning environments … Read more

Makerspace Logistics: How to Find a Schedule that Works

Makerspace Logistics: How to Find a Schedule that Works | One of the most frequent questions I get about our makerspace is how we schedule it, ie. when do students use our space? Here, I take a look at how our space is available to students, and offer ideas for finding a schedule that works for your school

During my poster session at ISTE, I must have been asked dozens of times: “When do students use your Makerspace?  How do you organize scheduling?” I am in a magnet middle school on a flexible schedule.  I have a very supportive administration and staff and an enthusiastic student body that’s eager to learn.  I realize that … Read more

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

  Advocating for Makerspaces in School Libraries I’m pleased and honored to announce that I will now be a regular monthly contributor to AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog.  This is likely old news to you if you follow me on Twitter, but with the summer being as crazy as it was I realized that I never … Read more

Makerspaces in Schools: Creating STEAM Connections

Makerspaces in Schools- Creating STEAM Connections | In my article for Demco Ideas,I go into detail about how you can create STEAM connections in your makerspace.

  Makerspaces in Schools: How to Create STEAM Connections In our makerspace, our students are learning both formally and informally, discovering new things about science, engineering and more. They are gaining such skills as creativity, problem solving, and collaboration, and they’re having fun while doing it. Our makerspace truly is an invaluable STEAM resource for … Read more