I love when teacher training includes time for us to be the student and explore new materials. Here are some of my creations:
I am so lucky to have teachers who are interested in supporting this sort of exploration and I was able to try out one of the tinkering activities with a group of third graders on Monday. They were creative and inventive and willing to tinker! It was great! Another hilight for me was getting to listen in to a conversation after wards where students asked why they had done this during what was typically math time. The teacher did an awesome job of turning this question back to students...and their are ideas and comments are worth noting:
*We had to try different strategies to see what would work
*We had to persevere
*We had to think about balance, just like when we have to balance equations
*We had to understand different shapes
It was awesome for students to be able to express the value of tinkering! I love that students are finding value in tinkering beyond the act, and also that they are enjoying these activities at their face value as well.
Here are a few pictures of students first time with the Tinkering Kit Award materials.