A makerspace will only be successful if a culture of making is developed within a school building. Culture is crucial to the atmosphere of a building because it ignites curiosity and creates a united vision among the staff. How is that achievable? Where does someone even begin this process? Within this course, participants will be presented with several essential questions that serve as a guide toward creating a Maker Culture within a school building. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will work through self-paced segments to explore essential questions that will result in a detailed plan of action for the targeted building. While moving through the learning segments, those involved in this professional development will complete a template outlining their action plan to provide a focused approach to building a culture of makers. As participants encounter each segment and the essential questions within those segments, they will be provided with considerations and examples to guide their learning.
Rebecca Levine is an educator in Northeast Ohio with a specialty in Middle School education. She has taught English Language Arts and Social Studies to 6th and 8th grade students. Currently, she is in her second year as an Instructional Coach at Ridge Middle School in Mentor, Ohio and is documenting her experiences through her blog, Making Sense of the Makerspace. She began her makerspace journey two years ago through leading the development of a makerspace within her building. Throughout this process, she has networked with other makerspaces in the Northeast Ohio area, written and received grants, and organized a makerspace. Her journey continues as she plans and implements professional development for her teaching staff while introducing students to makerspace to inspire student leadership at Ridge Middle School.