How to Create Makerspace Procedures that Work

How to Create Makerspace Procedures that Work: AASL Knowledge Quest post | Finding the best way to get your students to learn procedures can be tricky. Check out these tips on how to create makerspace procedures that will work.

How to Create Makerspace Procedures that Work

When we set up our libraries and classrooms, we create procedures to help keep things running smoothly. In the same way, we need to create makerspace procedures that help our students understand how to utilize and participate in our spaces. It can be tricky to figure out the perfect procedures.

In my latest post for AASL Knowledge Quest, I delve into the topic that can often cause stress and problems in makerspaces – creating procedures.  Makerspace procedures are much like classroom procedures, yet they can be tricky to figure out and establish.  My post goes into some of the lessons I’ve learned while creating and establishing my makerspace at Stewart for the last three years.

Check out the post to learn more about how you can:

  • Incorporate student voice
  • Find the best solutions for YOUR space
  • Make it easy to be independent
  • Teach and enforce procedures early and often

After that, I go over a few examples of some types of procedures to create when setting up your space.  By creating effective procedures, we can help things to run more smoothly and give our students a more effective makerspace experience.

Click on over to AASL Knowledge Quest to read How to Create Makerspace Procedures that Work

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. Mary Kate Witry : August 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Diana – First, thanks for all of the awesome information. I am an elementary school librarian in Chicago and I am creating a Maker Space this year. I am going to start small with craft based maker activities because my computer teachers already have some great tech based creating going on in their room!
    How do you handle grading? How do you schedule the use of the space?
    I have a set schedule and see 27 classes every 6 days.
    Please feel free to send me an email.
    Mary Kate Witry

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