*Thoughts Come to Life*

Noah and Jacob’s creation

Growing interest in bringing the ideals of maker culture into education would help students grasp better understanding of the concept or lesson that is being taught to them. It would be beneficial for lots of reasons, students can learn on how to put their thoughts together and accomplish exactly what they are thinking of and or about. Creativity plays a major role, as where it gets one to think and use their knowledge and past experiences to develop they something they wish to create.

“Maker culture represents the desire of individuals to return to a lifestyle that includes a person making their own life tools and understanding how the machines that we depend on operate.”

The imagine above shows two brothers- Noah and Jacob playing with their water gun. On the side, we are able to see their cardboard made house. The two boys are very imaginative and are always looking to create something. Tina Budnits, their mother calls this idea – “Tinkering.” When Noah and Jacob work on their creation, they use everything but direction.

My name is Uzma Qasim. I am an undergrad student here at York College- CUNY pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher. I am majoring in Childhood Education w/ Psychology. I’ve wanted to become a teacher my whole life. At the age of five, my interest in teaching began. I always wanted to teach my peers how to draw, read and do math. As i matured, my passion for teaching became a lot stronger. I began working with children of all ages, teaching them how to be able to read and write became appealing to me because children’s are very impressionable, interested in learning and receptive to new concepts. I enjoy tutoring students and helping them build confidence in ability to achieve, both academically and socially.

I can imagine using these ideals in my K12 classroom to get my students excited about learning. Getting their imagination to actually come out to life would not only help them understand but also feel comfortable in having to express themselves.

“Remember everything that’s been created came from someone’s imagination.”


5 thoughts on “*Thoughts Come to Life*

  1. I like your post, you made a great observation in that embracing the theories of the maker culture can truly help children both inside and outside of the classroom. The point you make of being creative and the process of creation can help children put their thoughts together to achieve a particular goal or outcome was dead on, the processes of making something teaches children to work toward a goal and the avenues it takes to reach that point. And in our society that is a valuable lesson that a lot students don’t learn early enough…

  2. The ideals of maker culture is really beneficial as a teaching strategy because this way children can broaden their imagination. Students should make things with their own hands since this helps with their understanding of the lesson. Maker culture actually does benefit education and as future educators we should plan on encouraging our students to create things. Loved reading your post!

  3. I concept of maker culture and what it has to offer to children is that it’s a different path of the routine of education. In the first image it mentions how the two brothers learn everything but direction however, when it came to their creation of the cardboard house the creativity and imagination was their direction. It also shows a different aspect of education of how its not coming from an adult or a teacher, rather it’s emanating from children or adolescents. Awesome post!

  4. Great post, I love the last quote. I agree that the maker culture brings a child’s imagination and curiosity to life.

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