Just about every day I get an email from someone asking, “How do I start making in my classroom?” And you know what the next statement often is? “Since I don’t have a maker space in my school.” The good news? You don’t need a makerspace to make. Classroom desks. The floor. The hallway. A table by the windows. Your big ol’ teacher desk. A rug and beanbags on the floor. Provide the space in the curriculum and the time, and it doesn’t matter where the physical location is.
What if you look at one simple assignment in next week’s lessons? A reading activity? A math assignment? And what if you just open it up… make it more creative. Give the kids more freedom. Start small with one exploration. One pile of cardboard. One block of time for kids to create, collaborate, and design a solution to a problem.
You just don’t need the space to get started. You just need a little courage to let go and try it.