We believe Maker-Based Instruction supports a number of ambitious educational goals:

  • Connections to prior knowledge: Students are rich sources of information and have knowledge and ideas they can contribute to making. Maker-Based Instruction depends on students accessing prior knowledge and making connections between prior knowledge and in-the-moment instruction.
  • Motivation: When making, students are often intrinsically motivated because the process of learning, struggling, and growing are all in service of a larger goal. Making drives the learning. Students must learn to make; they have a purpose for their learning. Purposeful learning contributes to intrinsic motivation.
  • Developing positive mindsets: Maker-Based Instruction develops the attitudes and mindsets in students that lead to them becoming self-actualized individuals who believe they can shape their world for the better.
  • Creative confidence: When students make, they are building confidence in their ability to creatively tackle any problem. Fostering a maker mindset and creative confidence in students contributes to them becoming leaders. Through making, students feel empowered to make changes, fix problems, and positively influence the world around them.
  • Self-actualized learners: When making, students are engaged and mindful of their learning and have to persevere to overcome challenges when they are stuck. Through making, students become self-reliant and resilient. Students have the confidence to tackle tough problems with curiosity and optimism.

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