Maybe I'm actually a little worried about where school culture seems to be centered at the moment with so much emphasis on high-stakes testing and convergent, universal curriculum. I worry about how this affects creativity and motivation and engagement and true learning. What are students going to come away with? Excellent test-taking skills?
I'm sorry; I know that sounds cynical.
It's just that...you likely have makers in your classroom.
They are the doodlers.
The kids itching to do.
The ones who might shock you with their unique perspectives.
The ones who see surprising connections between diverse ideas.
The ones who create, create, create, create...the ones who can't seem to shut it off sometimes.
I wonder how school is going to be for the makers among us.
Is their creativity celebrated, and even encouraged?
Are teachers going to understand them and foster their gifts and allow them to think divergently?
Is school going to be "for them?"
I'll echo McLeod's final question--I hope it haunts you too...
My son is a maker. Are you ready for him?