Practicing tinkering is important, but each activity that we share is intended to reveal an important aspect of the tinkering teaching process.
We will dissect, deconstruct, and reflect upon each activity, and the learning that they support, through a series of carefully crafted prompts and discussion formats. Ultimately we are interested in surfacing what types of learning are best supported through making and tinkering, and how we can identify them clearly. Finally, we will share a framework we have developed through a partnership between researchers and practitioners that is a powerful tool to look at learning through tinkering.
Develop strategies for implementing tinkering in your practice
Whether you are a practitioner, leader, or administrator, we want you to come out of the workshop empowered with a set of practical tools to shift your practice further toward tinkering. The workshop is structured in ways that support a critical examination of your current practice and identify areas for growth, then brainstorm concrete ways to address those issues.
Participate in a global community of tinkering enthusiasts!
Develop long-term connections with your fellow workshop participants through our global network of tinkering educators; we typically have a mix of folks from different backgrounds and working in different contexts: school teachers, museum educators, after school practitioners, librarians, etc. Exploring tinkering in a variety of situations will offer different points of view and a more well-rounded understanding of this approach. You will also gain access to the larger community of practice that brings together a global network of educators discussing and sharing practical tips and broader issues around tinkering.