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The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces

The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces

September 2017 | 168 pages | Corwin

Creating powerful learning environments

The makerspace phenomenon has taken education by storm, but many educators still have questions about how makerspaces can be created and used for deeper learning. Anyone can create a makerspace. This is the guide to creating a GREAT makerspace. Written by makerspace pioneer Laura Fleming, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces is filled with step-by-step, practical ideas that demystify the process of planning and creating a makerspace. Its workbook style ensures that by the time educators are done reading, they have a ready-to-implement plan personalized for their classroom, school, or district. Readers will find

  • A wealth of examples of great makerspaces in action
  • Activities and strategies for inspiring making across the curriculum
  • Plenty of room and guidance for brainstorming and developing a personalized plan

Building on Fleming’s Worlds of Making, this guide will help educators plan and create a makerspace learning environment that students need, want, deserve, and value.

About the Author
Part 1. The Seven Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace
Part 2. Making GREAT Makerspaces
Part 3. No Cookie-Cutter Makerspaces Allowed!
Part 4. Get the Most Bang for Your Buck!
Part 5. Creating the Conditions to Inspire!
Part 6. Assessing Creativity Without Squashing It!

"The ideas for makerspaces that are presented in this proposal are easy to follow and could be implemented in some cases, with little prep. This is a bonus!"

Susan E. Schipper, Elementary Educator
Charles Street School, Palmyra, NJ

"This book is an AMAZING hands-on tool for planning and implementing a culture of making in schools. Fleming provides direction, support, and inspiration for educators starting their journey into making!"

Jacie Maslyk, Assistant Superintendent
Hopewell Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"There are makerspaces and then there are GREAT makerspaces. Laura Fleming, a makerspace pioneer, has written another must-read for anyone wanting to create a great makerspace for their school community. Read this book - and learn from one of the best. Anyone involved in the development of makerspaces will treasure this text because it takes readers on an interactive journey through the process of planning and creating a GREAT makerspace.  Look no further than this book."

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow
International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), Cypress, TX

"'Making' is a powerful way to engage students and observe their learning process with the product as evidence. Creating space for that to happen is 'making space' for our 21st century learners."

Jill Berkowicz, Author, Adjunct Professor, Consultant
Corwin, Education Week, SUNY New Paltz, Poughkeepsie, New York

"In the worlds of makerspaces, nobody speaks with a more credible voice than Laura Fleming. In her highly anticipated second book, Laura lays out a clear blueprint for those who wish to create a makerspace, and she provides countless inspiring examples that beautifully illustrate what a thriving makerspace looks like in action! A must-have!"

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, Pennsylvania

"Fleming’s book offers a clear, student centered, and step-by-step approach for all educators eager to implement “Making” in their classrooms or schools. It brings practical information and her experiences to ensure a successful outcome!"

Lynne Schrum, PhD, Professor
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“If we are going to prepare tomorrow’s problem solvers and innovators, we must empower them to design and create today. In this book, best-selling author Laura Fleming has done it again! This hands-on guide moves readers from brainstorming and planning, to selecting resources, and ultimately to the needed concrete steps to designing the makerspaces today’s modern learners need! This dynamic guide will undoubtedly serve as a centerpiece for your authentic learning toolkit.” 

Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation
Future Ready Schools

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