Learning to Learn

Say “makerspace” and very quickly a conversation takes hold.  Makerspaces have captured the imagination of many educators at all levels. The innovative and engaging nature of “making” has taken the library and education worlds by storm.  There are articles about the advantages of having maker-faires at post-secondary institutions and having younger children participate in making as an after school activity.  The inclusion of makerspaces as part of any school environment would encourage creativity and push students to deeper learning.  Because information is readily available, the opportunity for students to design and pursue their own learning experiences is very exciting.  Teachers become facilitators and mentors during the time set for making.  Now, some of the success depends on how students learn.  Do students know how to question, make assumptions, draw conclusions, maneuver their way through problems? “Learning to learn” has made the top ten list of innovations in the Innovations in Pedagogy 2014 report and is expected to have a profound influence on education.  I feel like the stars are aligning for exciting changes in education.

 

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