By Elizabeth Wroten
Notes From the Makerspace: Culture of Permission
On 15, Jan 2015 | In Redux | By Elizabeth Wroten
After a couple weeks of the Makerspace is starting up again. We have not moved into our new space yet, which means we’re still living out of bins. It’s not so bad. Clean up just takes forever because every last supply has to fit into a box just so, so that it will all fit back in our storage corner. This is not helped by the fact that I let the kids go during the hour and half I have them. I would rather they were engaged, excited, and making something rather than feeling like they couldn’t make a mess or touch anything which leads me to an article I came across on the Inquire Within blog about Inquiry and the Culture of Permission. For the record I did not/have not watched the video yet so I can’t vouch for it’s relevance or quality, but the post itself is great.
I think I already do this in my Makerspace, but it’s a good thing to think about and be sure I am giving permission to try out ideas instead of shutting the kids down all the time. It’s a short read, but well worth it. There’s some good food for thought, and even though it was written more with classroom teachers in mind, I think the culture of permission is essential to a makerspace.