"Minecraft in the Classroom: A How-To & FAQ"
iBook available soon
"A Space to Create"
HERE IS An EXCERPT FROM my chapter in THE SOON-TO-BE-PUBLISHED,
TEACHER PIONEERS: VISIONS FROM THE EDGE OF THE MAP
I am addicted to the notion that all people are creative. I believe we truly find ourselves in the creative process. I believe we find a deeper, richer understanding of our own aptitudes and capabilities when we stop consuming and start creating.
When I walk into my classroom I see brilliance. I see art and artist of all kinds. I see partnership and problem solving. I see architects and engineers. I see developers, coders and hackers. I see programmers, designers and advertisers.
But I also see kids just trying to have fun and be happy at school, to learn about life and grow in self-efficacy. I see kids that love to collaborate in ways that excite and expand their imaginations. I see classmates connecting in completely relevant ways.
What I see is that we need more things like Minecraft in school. More things that kids are actually talking about. What we need is less of our own agenda and more of theirs, more of their interests and more of what they find meaningful.
I’m not saying Minecraft is the answer, but I am saying that it might be. It might be. It might be for that kid who has not mastered the art of school. It might be for the kid who is tired of being tested and just wants to be a kid again. It might just be that Minecraft is exactly what these kids need – what every kid needs: A space to imagine. A space to explore. A space to dare. A space to fail and fail and fail. A space to be bold. A space to for resilience. A space to finally get it right.
A space to craft.
A space to create.
A space to build understanding - one little pixelated block at time.