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Our school has PD available to make “instructional rounds.” For me, it meant the opportunity to visit another school library. That happened yesterday.
I started learning about “maker spaces” last year. My first understanding was that these spaces involved tech and little gadgets. It was something I wanted to do but how to get started? And where would I get the funds for little gadgets (Little Bits), a three-D printer, and other materials. How would I implement this in the library?
So by discussing the concept of a maker space, another colleague suggested I visit a school in SE Portland. The library media specialist was doing maker space and had been involved with a Maker Faire for three years.
Yesterday was the day to visit the school. I almost cancelled having been ill last Friday and feeling I was behind. But I didn’t and thank goodness for that.
I am the kind of person who jumps into the fire. I think globally and miss the details. But yesterday, I asked the best question: “What one thing should I do to get a maker spsce started?
And her answer was brilliant and simple and why didn’t I think of that. It was to create an Art Cart for the library.
This is the maker space of the school I visited yesterday. It’s tucked away in a corner of the library. These are second and third graders (they have blended classes)during book check out time.
It was such a great morning. And the afternoon was all about returning to school to reflect and plan for such space. I was able to meet with my principal and discuss my visit.
I have the perfect place to set up a maker space. It’s in a corner of the library used by fourth and fifth grade. I am starting with these grades. I plan to be ready to go for April, National Poetry Month. Last year, a parent donated a cool wire tree for the library which will be our Poetry Tree.
More shall be revealed.