Monday, June 27, 2016
Before you read the book check out Angela Duckworth's TED talk on grit. This will give you a quick background on the new "it" word and it's importance. The bottom line is you need grit to succeed. Duckworth describes grit as a combination of perseverance and passion. It's not just talent that catapults individuals to success, effort counts more. Failure is okay, if you use it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. But, too often failure becomes a permanent excuse to never try again. In the world of education, the importance of grit and growth mindset are often discussed as vehicles to drive student success. This book gives examples of individuals in many different industries to support this thought. The author takes it a step farther and explains that grit alone is not enough. The true equation is grit + support = success. So our gritty students need supportive teachers, parents, and environments to flourish. Grit is contagious. This frame of thinking can strengthen teams, workplaces, schools and more. Read the book, it's a real page turner.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Finding vendors is one of the most difficult aspects of setting up a makerspace. Ali Express and Amazon are awesome places to pick out inexpensive supplies such a coin batteries in bulk or bulk LED lights for a nice price. But, they don't take P.O.'s, so the struggle becomes how much can I pay out of my own pocket? I don't worry about this as much as I use to there are some great vendors out there who now package and prepare makerspace materials for the busy librarian. At the Texas Library Association Conference, I recently discovered two vendors who sell makerspace kits. Maker Maven will customize a makerspace box with multiple activities or they offer several kits with about ten activities each. They include the consumables needed too which is great for a busy librarian. Follett now sells makerspace kits that cost $50.00 on average. Barnes and Noble now offers makerspace resources such as Little Bits, Makey Makey, Ozobots, and etc. As library vendors get into the makerspace business, it will make it easier for the busy library to set up and maintain a makerspace.