Tinkering School is a place where kids can pick up sticks and hammers and other dangerous objects,and be trusted. Trusted not to hurt themselves, and trusted not to hurt others. Tinkering School doesn’t follow a set curriculum, and there are no tests. It sounds like my kind of school!
Gever Tully shares more about his school in the following TED talk:
I came across this video when looking for ideas about Genius Hour and Genius Year – the latter being the idea that self-directed learning be embedded into daily school life. This was interesting to me as that was the outcome of a year-long group study into Genius Hour: that time be allocated – or more accurately, prioritised – so that students have a chance to engage in truly self-chosen projects that see them pursuing their own interests and passions throughout their time at school.
Time is definitely of the essence – and is something Tully acknowledges children need a lot of if their creativity is truly able to flourish:
“we can offer the kids time — something that seems in short supply in their over-scheduled lives”
Will you be a passionate teacher this year and help your children explore their inner genius?
If you are looking for a regular boost to inspire your creativity, Creative Something is for you. I came across this website a while back now and every now and then I find my way back there for some inspired reading. Check it out.