It is almost ready! Our school's new Maker Lab. I admit that I was drooling when I saw the plans for it in a faculty meeting last spring. New chairs, new computers, new robotics equipment, new paint, new space! What's not to love?
The only problem is, I am old. Old maybe isn't the right word, but I am certainly attached to some ideas and practices that may not be compatible with all this new thinking. Sure, I like to innovate and try new things. Yes, I want to enhance my curriculum with meaningful and modern experiences. But my hunch is that isn't enough.
In order to maximize the potential of this new lab, I need to be open to new ways of doing things. I need to be always learning. I need to experiment and sometimes fail. I need some exert guidance. I need to find colleagues who can help. I need to research. I need to try.
Sir Peter Blake sums this up nicely. "New technology is common, new thinking is rare." Along with the new chairs, paint, machines and software, I need new thinking about the goals, expectations and implementation of all my lessons. It is both exciting and terrifying to contemplate. But easier to imagine when one is in such a beautiful new space!