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  1. […] Let me tell you about a little annoyance I have in my life — maybe it’s in yours as well. No matter how carefully I fold them, knot them gently or, carefully place them, my earbud headp…  […]

  2. l.baran@clarkville.school.nz' Linda says:

    As much as we can learn alongside the children, it always helps if teachers have some skills. Even your simple plastric bead tidy would be reliant on design skills that some childten would need scaffolding for success. Great MakerSpaces that I have seen are led by passionate and skilled people, so ideally time would be given to teachers to learn alongside some skilled 'inventors'. One of those things where motivation comes from gaining mastery of the basics of things like 3D printing and electronics.

    A good stepping stone is even having Lego or cardboard scraps available in the classroom for tinkering. Simple skills in creating hinges and other joins can be taught in workshops. Seeing the 'Maker' area at the Exploratorium was inspiring for me.

    Also – physics can explain the tangled earphone phenomenon:  http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2014/06/18/scientific-explanation-earphones-always-tangled/#.VgzmLGSqqko

  3. Hi Linda,

    Great comments! Yes- a knowledge is an important thing- for teachers and students. The thing I love about makerspaces (and student-driven project-based learning) is the lateral learning that can take place. For a long time teachers have had to know everything so they could pass it on to the students, but in makerspaces (with their studio-style learning) students and teachers can learn from each other. If a student knows how to use Sketchup better than a teacher, the teacher shouldn't necessarily feel the need to run ahead and learn more than them, they should feel a burning desire to position that student as a potential teacher of others. 

    And yes, processes like design thinking, problem-solving or learning how to learn are crucial skills that teachers should have, and teaching them to students is a much better way to accelerate learning than just hoping the kids pick them up along the way. I guess this is the grey area around teachers knowing when they need to know stuff and when it's okay not to know. 

    Thanks for the link to the physics explanation of why headphones tie themselves in knots. Now I know it's not just me!

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