We have discovered that some of the best making and learning occur when you step outside your comfort zone. Some of the lessons learned in this area include:
- Improvisation is all about thinking on your feet. Don’t be afraid to experiment with something and wing it.
- The core of improvisation is “Yes, and…”. Try this with your youth. “Yes, you can take on that project, and here are some things you might like to consider…”
- In addition to improvising, the biggest leap you can make is to take risks. Try to take risks in how you teach, what you teach, and how you assess learning. This is where we start to see educators take the movement forward and claim a little more territory with each risky step.
Make Changes & Try Again
- Don’t be afraid to make changes when something isn’t working, then try it again.
- Iteration is key to making and this means when something doesn’t work, you don’t necessarily abandon it, instead you try a new approach and learn from the mistakes you made the first time.
- In order for your youth to become successful and confident makers, they will have to get comfortable with failure. Projects go wrong all the time and they definitely will hit road blocks, but the important thing is to keep going.
- To help your youth become more comfortable with failure, find ways to fail together, and fail often. Modeling for them how to react when things go wrong or don’t work is one of the best things you can do.
- When things go wrong, weather them together. Youth are less traumatized when they encounter failure if they have a trustworthy adult alongside them helping to solve the problem.
- You don’t have to be the expert.
- Empower youth and making them the experts. Allow them to teach you new things and teach each other.