I'm a big fan of creating. I love the feeling of getting lost in the moment of creating. The feeling of problem solving that happens during steps along the way. And really that overall moment when you learn more about yourself and who you are after you have created something. There is a moment that after you finished a creation and you are proud and surprised that you got to this new level and you know that you know more now than you did at the beginning.
That's why I'm a big fan of creating. That's my why in advocating that students are able to have those opportunities in school. Because when you really think about it, that's learning. Learning that I've owned. Learning where I made decisions. Learning that at the end I can look at and be proud.
Personally, I've been creating mostly in a couple of places. I've creating videos for my Think, Make, Innovate makerspace show and I've been creating moments on Instagram. For Think, Make Innovate, I sort through video and pull the pieces out in hopes to inspire other makers and share the joy of the making that students experience. It's where I do my storytelling. Once I was in a school filming some students and a younger student came up to me and asked me, "Are you filming a documentary?" It made me smile. I've never thought of what I do as creating a documentary, but I guess it kind of is. Maybe I'll add that line to my resume...ha! But, that's creating. It's almost like a remixing the moment to find the nuggets of genius. Have you ever listened to kids talk about their creations? It's genius. I've been blown away by what they say. So much so that I started to create Canva quotes for them because they are so good.
On Instagram, it's been fun creating visual moments, capturing photographs, creating stories and boomerangs. It's kind of my own way of capturing the moment, no editing required. At the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to share on Instagram moments of my job to reflect on what I do everyday. I created the #myjobin30days. It was fun to do and reflect on. For me, the most interesting part that came out of that was that it almost felt like a love letter to my job. It reminded me to find the joy in the job everyday. That was a nice side effect of that challenge.
I do feel like in my current role I need to tighten up my creating game and share a bit more of my own story of learning. I used to make a lot of YouTube tutorials, I'd like to explore that again this upcoming school year. And explore more of this Instagram TV movement. It peaks my interest.
I'd be curious, where are you creating at?