I incessantly think about how maker-ed can be used in the classroom. So many teachers see the need to change their instruction to meet their students' needs, but they are often apprehensive when it comes to where to begin. I know I constantly am! My hope is I can show others that maker-ed is a possible way forward - the questions remains, how? Thinking about how we think and being purposeful in our instructional methods is what a teacher constantly does. It really is not about the content or even the specific curricula we teach. What I find so empowering about teaching comes from the idea that we can help students discover how to make sense of their world and the systems they interact with everyday. Maker-ed can be tool in this journey. I love the idea of "thinking about thinking" using a simplified design process. This process is taught to designers and engineers, but I think it has huge implications for classroom instruction, too . After all, is teaching not a form of engineering ? Sounds like a future blog post! Using the three simple steps of brainstorming, prototyping, and storytelling as a means to teach students how to address and solve problems is, to me, both incredibly concise, metacognitive, and fun! Give a student a problem (preferably one of their own choosing) and have them use this accessible design process to attack it!