The truth is that making/ creating/ writing/ crafting/ producing anything takes time, and time is a precious commodity. But to do this work right, so that we’re truly supporting our students’ learning, we have to give it time. The learning happens when we do it right-- when we allow for brainstorming, drafting, feedback, revision, evaluation, etc. We know this is true for our students, but I think we have lost sight of that for ourselves as adults. As the Media Integration Specialist at Morrill, I could have done a much better job of designing meaningful experiences for teachers to be makers-- not fun little activities or exercises-- but opportunities to dive into the creative process first hand and experience the power and possibility of making media. Without going through it yourself, how can you design it for your students?
With school out, we were able to carve out two full days for each workshop to let people go deeper into creating, reflecting, learning, and planning. There was time to breathe (although the days were still pretty packed); no one had to pick up their class or attend to the usual endless to-do-yesterday list that comes with being a teacher. It felt almost luxurious. Almost. There was still much to do.
LINK to Digital Making post
LINK to Digital Storytelling post
Hopes for This Year
As we move into this upcoming school year (Convergence’s sophomore year!), I’m hoping to build in more time for making with teachers. It can be a part of reflection, professional development, grade level meetings, and coaching. And heck, I need to make time for myself to make more-- unrelated to Convergence! Even in writing this blog post, I am realizing how much I love to write, and how rarely I make time to do it!