Thinkering Studio Commandments - Teachers


Student Version

Adam Savage (from MythBusters) listed his 10 Commandments of Making at the Maker:Faire. What could teachers' 10 Commandments for Thinkering Studio be?

Current Top 10 Commandments
Commandments to Consider
  1. Let the students find a project, problem, challenge or question they are curious about: The root of all learning is curiosity.
  2. Get out of the students way & let them Just do it: exploring, playing, making, inquiring/researching, and solving problems
  3. Encourage FAILure, Reflection, & Iteration
  4. Celebrate Grit - Resilience - Self Confidence: In order to persevere through their FAILure, stick with their projects through completion, and deal with the difficulties of the world, students will need grit
  5. Find opportunities to increase students metacognition (reflection, learning to learn): The most important tool for learning is metacognition
  6. Celebrate and share problem-solving techniques as students learn: Students need the ability to find, frame, view from a variety of angles, and creatively solve problems
  7. Guide the development of PLCs with in class/school partners, online learners/experts, and/or members of the community
  8. Find times to push students toward mastery or more content/tool specific creativity
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  1. Listen more than talk; Question more than direct
  2. Any important ideas from Papert (like Hard Fun) that should be included? Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Lab

Adam Savage's 10 Commandments of Making

  1. Make something
  2. Make something useful
  3. Start right now
  4. Find a project
  5. Ask for help, advice, and feedback
  6. Share
  7. Recognize that discouragement and failure is part of the project
  8. Measure carefully
  9. Make things for other people
  10. Use more cooling fluid