When is the last time that you were influenced by someone? It was probably in the previous hour. It could be from a television commercial or your child trying to get your attention. For my birthday, I had students influence me by giving me things that I like- my favorite color, drink, and number. Either from the advertising group or family or friends, people want you to change your mind or just get a smile.
Last February, I went to a one hour workshop about makerspaces in the district. I thought that the things they presented were cool, but I did not want to change too much in my classroom to make a makerspace area. My district has a technology incentive program where they will give different technology for the school if you attend workshops face-to-face or online. They know that teachers want “extra things” and this influences them to attend these classes. One of these classes was a makerspace one, and the Technology Learning Coaches showed us the district makerspace room. I then realized that I could change my room by adding a makerspace area and have the students create as a station.
I never really had thought about makerspace before last February, and now I want one for my whole school. WHY, is this? I was influenced by people that I respected, and they started my thinking that it was important for learners to have the time to tinker or create. For my first assignment of all my master classes, I learned what growth mindset was and created a first-week lesson plan that ended with the students doing their own projects. The students were able to use the concepts of the growth mindset that they learned about during that week.
The reader of this blog might be thinking- “why is she talking about how she put makerspace in her classroom?” My answer would be- “I was influenced by the students’ excitement and experiences that I have witnessed in makerspace!” When I needed to pick an innovation project in the third master class, I knew that a makerspace room was a great one.
Vital behaviors are actions that essential to have, so people will know what will be happening to get a project going forward. The next chart will show the reader what behaviors and influencers need to get “ball rolling.”
In the last couple of weeks, I have been learning about how to influence people to change. I know with my project, people will have to change some of their own mindset. When you start something else for teachers, they think that this is just something else to do in their hectic schedule of teaching. I will be using the “Influencer strategy” that focuses on motivation and ability in personal, social, and structural level. I will need to use at least four of these strategies to have a victorious makerspace room.
Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxfield, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Influencer: The new science of leading change. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.