Learning by “tinkering” has caught on at San Francisco’s Tinkering School. The idea is to enhance education by having children learn by carrying out projects. For example, have students form a construction crew to create a small cardboard city. Or prepare wagons for a cross-country trip during the settling of the West. They can then learn about architecture, physics, chemistry, social relations, …. You get the idea. And I’ll bet you realize that what the children learn during such projects will be understood and learned better than what happens when they listen to a lecture.
Read more about it at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/04/opinion/learning-through-tinkering.html
What projects have helped you to learn? What projects could you suggest for your methods class?