Wrap up! Maker Corps Camp Weeks 15 & 16 @make @makeredorg #possibilities #myjobisfun #summerlearning

Maker Camp is over for me! My last day was yesterday…sigh. This summer went by in a flash.

My last couple of weeks as a Maker Corps Member were spent finishing up program cost analysis and helping with a Maker Professional Development my host site did for local teachers in our area.

Thinking about the past few months kind of makes my head hurt! I have learned SO MUCH from the people at my host site and the other “Maker Girls” who were part of my Maker Corps Team.

Other highlights –

*I loved seeing how life is outside of my school. By that, I mean, I’m sure all teachers kind of think about how nice it might be to have a job where you get to come in a little later, take a lunch, not be so stuck to the strict school schedule, etc. Working at my host site this summer let me see how it is “on the other side.” While it is nice to have a little more flexibility in your day, being here has confirmed for me that I am right where I need to be. I have missed my school library this summer and I am excited to go back.

*I have SO MUCH to take back to my school library this year. So many ideas of things to do with my students and a new way of viewing how kids do and make.

*I have learned a TON from the Google community and other Maker Corps members around the country. I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to lurk and get a peek at what others are doing.

In short, this has been a wonderful experience. I have learned life skills (HELLO?! I could not sew a button before Maker Corps); I have made new Maker friends; and I have a ton of new skills and programs to bring to my students. This has been an awesome professional learning experience and I am SO GLAD I was able to participate.




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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