Six years ago, much of what I created was on a computer while looking at teaching standards. I wanted to create lessons that students would remember for a lifetime. I worked tirelessly researching, editing, and implementing features and tools that would make social studies come alive. Once one lesson was done, I would immediately go on to the next one, analyzing the standard and creating a masterpiece.
Then I had my first child. I would watch her grow and play with blocks stacking them, organizing them and creating her own world. She would amaze me by what she created. As she was getting older, she also began playing Minecraft, Legos, and Playdough. Simultaneously I had the opportunity to create a lesson using maker tools and develop a lesson with Minecraft as part of my Masters of Educational Technology Program at Michigan State University.
Together her and I would experiment with the Makey Makey and play together in Minecraft worlds. When my husband suggested it was her bedtime, we both said one more minute then giggled. With both her and my Master's program help, I rediscovered imagination and what it can do for the mind.