What happens when we allow kids to tinker?
How I do I believe that relates to school?
Tinkering, creating and making – it is not something you only do with scrap materials or electronics. It is something you do with writing, math, science, cooking, etc. Every moment of every day we are presented with opportunities to create. Once we have opened our minds to creativity, it ends up pouring out of us. It seeps into every aspect of our life.
When we create a space where students feel supported enough to create, it opens their minds up to unlimited possibilities. They begin to see the possibilities in every thing. When we can foster that kind of creativity, it gets transposed into other areas too. For example, they look at a box and see a rocket or a car, it no longer is just a box. Or a poem is no longer just written for a grade, but becomes a work of art.
I truly believe when we open the doors for creativity in our classrooms - like maker spaces, creation stations, and tinkering corners – our students begin to see unlimited possibilities in everything. The creative piece of them becomes a part of who they are and they embrace it. They allow it to flow into all subjects.
Your daily schedule might be full but I encourage you to find time in your day to embrace creativity – whether that is once a week or every day. Allow creativity to naturally flow into other subjects as well. Find moments to point out creative thinking in math or writing.
Most of all, take time to encourage the creative process.
Until next time,