My Prototype Lab represents my thoughts about teaching and learning.
Teaching is about opening minds to the larger world.
Without it our worldview remains narrow and self centered...
Our worldview and what we learn is shaped by our teachers. Whether those teachers are parents, friends, cable news, or educators they all shape the way we see the world.
The process of building something concrete to represent an abstract idea is not new to me. I'm a teacher. My days are spent trying to connect ideas in the classroom to real life. Today I used a couple of cardboard rings, a napkin, and some markers to make a point about education. We often spend a lot of time talking about ideas, but it is a challenge to take action at times. It felt like putting my hands on something tangible really helped my creative juices to start flowing. I found a piece of cardboard tube while putting away dinner, and that led to another piece then another until I had developed an idea for what I wanted to create. It felt a little artsy, but the thinking that it sparked is valuable. It makes me think about other situations where getting our hands on something tangible might spark creative thinking and lead to something great. Often I am so rushed in the day to day tasks of education that I forget that my students really do need these sort of rich tasks to spark their own creativity.