Maker Corps Camp Weeks 7 & 8 @make @makeredorg #possibilities #myjobisfun

Remember last week when I wrote about how I have not been able to tinker around much because of end of the school year craziness? Well, I’m still wrapped up in that (I am the school librarian in an elementary school and there is LOTS to do at the end of the school year for EVERYONE), so I have not created anything new, but that’s about to change soon!

I guess this is sort of my reflection on the Maker Corps experience thus far (the “before”/training part). I start in just under a week at my host site and I CANNOT wait! I am a little nervous because this will be the first time in a LOOOOONG time that I have had a “new job.” I’m so used to being the library lady (even though a lot of what I do in my library is similar “stuff” – working with kids and parents; teaching; learning, etc.). I’m already looking forward to the “after” part blog post – I’m going to (already have)  learn so much from this adventure and I cannot wait to share it with you.

A few things I’ve learned/realized from this experience so far:

*Getting that Possibility Box helped me get excited about creating again. In the last few years, I’ve kind of lost my love for making stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I do a lot of creating and making at work for and with my students, but not a whole lot at home (life just gets in the way). I have been inspired again. Thank you.

*The “backstage” of a museum (especially a CHILDREN’S museum) is the coolest thing EVER. Our Maker Corps crew was given a full tour of our host site, including the “shop” where things are built and it was just amazing.

*Google Hangouts are an excellent way to learn and “meet.” I’m also enjoying the Google+ Community. I’ve had a Google+ account for years and have used these resources here and there, but have not REALLY used it consistently until now…it works.

*I am very much a visual/hands on learner. I have much enjoyed and learned from the hands on training I’ve had at my host site. Very practical information that I will need to use all summer long (sewing machine, solder iron, etc.)

Can’t wait to get started!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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