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About sandralbecker

An educator who is passionate about the creation of a school Learning Commons, which supports inquiry, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Takeaways from Tinkering at Lunch

Lunch time tinkering turned out to be extremely popular. Though I didn’t know what to expect going in, these are a few of the takeaways I came away with: To get started, all you need is cardboard and tape. Far … Continue reading

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Assessment Leads to More Tinkering

I’ve been working at a K-3 school to introduce tinkering as an extension of the learning commons. One of the greatest challenges for teachers of children, even at this age, is meaningful assessment. But how do we assess tinkering? In … Continue reading

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Tinker Time at Lunch

We began just recently offering Tinker Time over the lunch hour. I wasn’t sure how it would go, so basically decided to dive in and make adjustments as needed. A few decisions were made at the get go: we are a K-3 … Continue reading

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Onward: Thoughtful Organization of the Tinkering Lab

Included in the move from library to learning commons, is a tinkering lab, where students can test ideas they are questioning or researching, using physical objects. The school already has a good selection of purchased tinkering materials including Lego, K’nex, Straws &  Connectors, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Tinkering

  Bubbles (Flickr)  by Dominique Cappronnier under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs Generic Licence As part of the move to a learning commons, we have set aside space on the mezzanine for tinkering. There is a big buzz in education circles about tinkering, … Continue reading

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Ideas on Innovation

I just finished reading Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, by Tony Wagner. His book is one of several, guiding our thinking in the creation of a primary school learning commons. Though a good … Continue reading

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Designing Spaces: Writable Surfaces

We have incorporated some writable surfaces in our new space. It will be interesting to see how young children use them to communicate their ideas. As Doorley & Witthoft suggest, “Install dry erase surfaces all over the place to create … Continue reading

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