Propelling Creativity

I’ve always found interesting the way minds of children work and how they should take advantage of their wide imagination. When children work together and collaborate their ideas, thoughts are brought to action. Especially children should be encouraged by their educators to create stuff with their own hands so they can invent things of their own liking. Making something is a way to express yourself and remain engaged in the act of creating. I believe that making and learning go hand in hand because making things from scratch is crafty and requires critical thinking skills.

My name is Stephanie Azcona and I’m a student at York College majoring in English/Childhood Education. This is why I’m mainly referring to children. I truly enjoy working with children and studying about the many ways to teach them effectively. As a future teacher, I would definitely incorporate the ideals of making into my classroom. This also requires motivation and there are many ways to push students to complete their creation. It is important for the creative mind of children to be explored on their own. Putting your imagination to work and actually bringing your visions to life.

Maker culture can be fused with education because craftsmanship is a method of learning and expressing ones imagination. That is why it is essential for children to be encouraged to be craft savvy, since it’s an awesome skill to acquire and explore. I particularly chose to read this article because I agree with its title, Craftsmanship is Dead. Long Live Maker Culture.

“The movement encourages boys and girls to view themselves as creators of the world around them, in every possible sense. It emphasizes collaboration and shared skills and ideas. It makes it possible to envision designing not just objects but systems.”


7 thoughts on “Propelling Creativity

  1. Its cool that so many of the students in this class are determined to become teachers and have a positive impact on children and their lives. I like how you focused on the fusing of classroom education and the maker movement, it really is a good path for teachers to take in enhancing a child’s learning capacity. You chose a good article that expands on the maker movement and the article had good links of it own. Good post…

  2. Its true, making something is a way to express yourself and at the same time you educate yourself into bringing something new to education and its field of how students take on and use the curriculum. Very effective post sgazcona

  3. Love this class, we all have so much in common! I agree with you that children do need the encouragement to invent and build by their educators in the classroom…this will definitely give them confidence to better their creations and keep their minds going!

  4. Hey Stephanie, I like your post- it says so much. It is very important to give child the encouragement and involvement they’ll need. In order for a child to actually be able to put his/her thoughts into action- one needs to feel free to do so.

  5. Great quote. “Creators of the world around them”. This part really spoke to me. It would really help get students invested in their own education

  6. One thing I love about the Maker Movement is that in some sort of secret hidden way it forces social interaction by promoting communication between children. Something like this is a very important part of how children shape relationships with people and how relationships will or will not shape the kids themselves as well.

    As a future teacher, just like you, that is something very important to me.

  7. Thanks for the link to the article. It’s really disappointing, but not unsurprising to see mainstream media missing the rise in maker culture as a potential savior to the ‘manufacturing problem’ in America. And I loved a number of inspiring examples pointed to, including Caine’s arcade. My favorite was the story about the 12 year old girl that is rebuilding a Fiero bought with her babysitting money. So cool.

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