Children learn best by doing

Can you think of something that you know how to do really well?

Perhaps you’re really good at baking pies, riding a bike, knitting socks, diagnosing illnesses, or building websites? How did you come to know that thing? What process did you go through to get that knowledge and understanding?

I ask this question because it’s food for thought as we raise and teach children. What do we hope our children will learn and how can we help them find that knowledge?

This quote was popularized by Benjamin Franklin, and is frequently used by educators as a framework for teaching.


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a Quick Creative Table™ Survey

If you’ve been with TinkerLab for a bit of time, you may remember when I introduced the Creative Table Challenge a few years ago. Since then, I’ve posted a series of Creative Table prompt ideas as inspiration for setting up provocations and invitations to create at home and school. Since then, I’ve received a lot of questions about…

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  1. says

    Those are the things that are built into your body: you know them so well, you’re not even aware that you know them – like walking or talking. A really beautiful quote!