Looking at many of the resources made me realize that in my large school there is room for many different Makerspaces. It is in my head to reach out to other building departments with the idea of launching Makerspace Monday’s. Perhaps we can each host a different Monday. Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Art, and the Library Media Center would each draw different students and could offer different self selected activities.
In order to make such an event happen at our school we would need to show proof to the Board of Ed of the educational value of these activities. There are many resources that will help with this and would need to be combed through by each department.
In the meantime I will make it a topic of conversation to my Teen Advisory Group and see what the students’ needs are. One of our recent conversations was around a new activity we tried. Before the last two breaks we make available coloring sheets, word puzzles, and simple pen and paper games. The students loved it. Basically the feeling I got was that they are always on their phones but it was nice to have something else to do. The other day I was walking through the library and there were kids playing Uno. What a great idea. A table of girls said it would be nice to have Chess games in the library. One of the takeaways from this lesson is that all of this is a type of learning that isn’t happening when students are on their phones because they “have nothing else to do.”