Training Makerspace Educators

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Makerspaces have been shown to improve student engagement and effectively prepare students for their future careers.  More and more schools are starting to implement makerspaces into their schools, but are teachers prepared to instruct students in a makerspace setting?

Nearly 40% of makerspace teachers reported that they were not trained to teach in a makerspace.  Many others reported a very low confidence level when teaching skills like drafting a programming.  

Schools need to work with makerspace teachers on computational thinking.  Computational thinking is the basis for all skills taught in a makerspace.

Encourage your teachers to focus on design thinking by joining groups and book clubs where they are both researching and discovering new materials about design thinking.  Teachers are also discussing their finding and views on the topic. This gives teachers a more well rounded perspective on how to teach in a makerspace and can even give instructors new ideas or inspiration.

Teachers should also be able to teach students how skills learned in the makerspace will transfer outside of the classroom.  It is important that students use the makerspace to try and solve the issues they see around them whether it be at a local, state, or global level.

Makerspaces are a great way to challenge both students and educators alike, but only when educators feel confident in their teaching skills.  Both schools and teachers should take the time to research and understand makerspaces and their significance.


Story via EdTech