This month at School Library Connection, we’re exploring the culture of making. A Gallup poll recently found that students say they have very few opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial energy. But nearly half of America’s students say they want to start their own business or invent something that changes the world. So what can we do as educators and school librarians to make a difference?
In this sneak peek from her School Library Makerspaces workshop, Leslie Preddy explores how making can help to foster an emotional connection between students and their learning and nurture the skills self-regulated learners need. Subscribers can access the entire eight-part workshop here, where you’ll also find practical guidance on choosing the right activities, safety, and the marketing and evaluation of your makerspace.
Leslie Preddy has served as school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis since 1992 and as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University, and IUPUI. She has presented webinars and is a frequent speaker and consultant at education conferences and events. She has published many articles in professional journals, co-created online resources for educators, and is the author of SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project, Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century, and School Library Makerspaces. Preddy is a recipient of many awards including AASL’s Collaborative School Library Media Award and Perry Township Schools Teacher of the Year. She is Past-President of the American Association of School Librarians and the Association of Indiana School Library Educators. Preddy is a recent recipient of two grants for her school library makerspace from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.