Maker Philosophy

Maker Philosophy

1. Maker Philosophy: The purpose of this category is to have candidates explore and develop an understanding of the philosophical and pedagogical roots that are expressed via Making, like constructivism, constructionism, and other progressive educational models (Montessori, Reggio Emilia, etc.) plus the historic and cultural context that led to the current Maker movement.

To meet the expectations for this section, candidates are expected to:

Endorsement Expectations
  • Provide a personal definition of making.
  • Read excerpts from a selected reading list curated by the Maker Endorsement Advisory Group.
  • Publish personalized reflections on the readings or other activities that impact your Maker philosophy. Reflections should include a discussion of equity, diversity, and access as it applies to Making.
  • Craft a personal statement that articulates your Maker philosophy.
  • Connect your Maker philosophy to the work exhibited in all other Endorsement sections through explicit references and connect these ideas to your UTeach experience and preparation.

Maker Philosophy Resources:

Mindstorms: Children Computers and Powerful Ideas
The Art of Tinkering
Maker Manifesto
Ken Robinson on Flourishing – This video provides insight into how teaching for diversity rather than conformity can help students find their passion.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering (TED Talk) - Tinkering School founder Gever Tulley talks about the power of setting children’s minds free!

MakerEd Alignment:

Creating Learner Driven Curriculum - earn a micro-credential from MakerEd to add to your Maker Showcase and show employers


UTeach Maker Certificate and UTeach Maker Endorsements are micro-credentials of the UTeach Program at The University of Texas at Austin only. They are not affiliated with the Texas Education Agency or Maker Media Inc.