Jan 282020

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  5 Responses to “Making it Mater: Makerspace”

  1. This really makes me think of the classrooms in schools and how families might view creativity in general. Creativity is such under looked concepts that many parents or teachers might not consider when it comes to their kids or students. Many classrooms are about structure and following a certain curriculum. There are a lot of incidents where a student might fail a class because of how the curriculum is laid out and instead they might need a creative environment to thrive in. I really like the example that you used and how the authors explain how a “place space of a child and how it can affect them later on in their lives.” I think this is very true when it comes to later on lives, many people in my generation (including me) lack creativity because we were never exposed to an environment that help enhance our creativity.

  2. “Making it Matter” provides a timely argument in favor of giving children agency in their play spaces.It ties in to a broader wave arguing for less imposed notions of “play.” As a kid, my favorite thing about the playground near my house was that it was near a creek, which had a fallen tree that allowed you to cross to the other side, a small waterfall, and all sorts of things to climb on. The interactivity of the experience, and the fact that it changed every time I came, was much more of a draw to me than the prefabricated structure. Recently, there’s been a surge in enthusiasm for the adventure playground , which I’m excited about. They seem to nurture creativity, independence, and resiliency much better than standard playgrounds. I agree with Sara’s point about environmental influences on creativity, although I’d add that neuroplasticity is very powerful, so all is not lost.

    On a slight tangent, there’s (a very small amount of) research on “un-schooling” which suggests that homeschooling your kids without any structure or curricula only reduces progress by one school year versus the average public school student. Obviously this isn’t practical, or even ideal, for everyone, but it’s more evidence in favor of the hypothesis that children are naturally adept learners when in supportive environments.

  3. I think Sara made an interesting point, by relating the concept of a makerspace as something that can be incorporated into public schooling. Her response made me think about how classrooms are set up and the changes it might have gone through over time. As stated above, classrooms and curriculums in the past have been pretty standard and rigid therefore inhibiting creativity. One thing that I found interesting while researching changes in education, is that the setup of classrooms are changing and moving from rows of desks with the teacher in the front into group seating. An interesting thing I’ve observed when I was in the UTeach program was that classrooms have shifted to flexible seating; where students can choose where to sit and if they wanted to sit in chairs, on the ground, on fitness balls, or even stand. When I asked why it was set up this way I was told that flexible seating was an experiment to allow children to find ways that work best for them while studying. I think by incorporating little things like this into schools not only allows for creativity, but creates a makerspace where others can learn and observe how an environment can affect those who work in the space.

  4. I think there is something truly commendable about the Makerspace. While the process is important for creation, I like that you pointed out that the goal isn’t necessarily the end product but the process itself. Practice in making can be beneficial and informational without being aimed towards an end goal. Sometimes, it can be good to explore creative means critically and have an approach of learning something new rather than shaping something from what is already known.

  5. Hi Ali,
    Your blogpost relates to the reading especially by exploring the relationships between making and imagination. You have structured your ideas well and used a language that engages the reader! It is good that you have referred to further literature in this field. Next time it would be interesting if you can find an example in media, not necessarily in theory, that supports your analysis. For this exercise there is no need to find many new references, since the length of the blogpost doesn’t allow you to describe them fully. You can stick to the reading given in class, and look for interesting examples that can relate to your practice. Also, remember to add the Alt text to your images!

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