I appreciate AJ's challenge. One of the things I like about it is that he distinguishes between 'writing' and 'publishing'. I also like that he allows us to substitute the word "write" with the word 'create'. These two substitutions are encouraging me to take the challenge. I had already planned to 'create' more 'consistently' this year. I've taken more time to 'create' over the holiday break and found myself enjoying it so much. It brought me joy! I felt productive and happy at the same time. The things I created connected to my sense of identity as a educator, mom, grandma.
Here are two things I created during the past month or so
|A- Maker educator apron (e-textile project using micro:bit)|
|A picture-frame puzzle using laser cutter and Gravit Design|
Neither are 100% done, but both are close, and both involved learning new skills or gaining confidence with old skills. The thoughts about learning through creating and making were ongoing and I can't wait to reflect on the process in a more formal way.
In the first project - the maker educator apron, I used design thinking, conductive thread, sewable LED's, a micro:bit and an electronic piece known as the LilyTwinkle. I even broke down and bought a sewing machine so I could learn (or relearn) how to sew. I've never liked sewing because I kind 'suck at it". It was time to let go of my 'fixed mindset' around my ability to sew. Buying an entry level sewing machine was a commitment to a growth mindset around. Now my goal is to keep on learning to use it in my creating and making.
The second project arose out of my desire to learn how to use vector software. I've been struggling with vectors ever since I started using new maker tools. Each year, I seem to have picked up a little more fluency with vector files, but wanted more confidence and understanding of how to create my own designs using vector software. On a quest to do so, I came up with a project that engaged me hook, line, and sinker. It was personally meaningful to me and I picked up so many new skills working with SVG file types. Of course, this had me reflecting on the importance of relevance and personally meaningful projects for our students.
The emotions I felt during both of these learning process are exactly why I want to write more about them. I look forward to 2020 being a year of increased consistency in my creating and writing and sharing what I learn.