How Follow / Tinker / Make / Share goes beyond the ordinary to help learners grow

To be honest, this didn’t start out to be it’s own article…. It’s actually the second half of this one which sets up everything you’ll read here. But when that article approached the irretrievable tl;dr limit of 4,000 words, I was wisely advised to split it up. If you find…

Introducing the Follow / Tinker / Make / Share Framework for learning-by-making

You’re a teacher. Or a parent. Or a school leader. Or just a person. Given the perilous state of the world, currently hosting a global pandemic as a warm-up act for … well, a catastrophic global warm-up, you’ve perhaps begun to recognize the burdens this next generation will have to…

Improving teaching and learning in the current upheaval

Kids are fed up with sitting in front of screens watching teachers lecture all day. Is that a surprise?

And an even more important question: is watching a teacher lecture from a desk in a classroom really all that much better? Was it better when you were the student sitting…

If you want to build a diverse, just, and equitable society, you cannot do it with the current educational system.

That may sound harsh, but there’s no use pretending otherwise.

Consider for a moment not what happens on the surface of most schooling — not the math, history, chemistry, or…

In my last article, I described two kinds of educational approach: the “Platonic,” that prizes “pure” abstract or conceptual information, and the “Aristotelian,” that focuses on embodiment and application of knowledge in learning-by-making and real-world contexts. In other words, it’s the difference between instruction and construction as teaching strategies. As…

It’s both ironic and fitting that the death should have happened in a valley named “Perseverance,” because the explorer had persevered far beyond what anyone had planned or imagined.

Of course, that’s also one of the things that made the death so poignant — the reason the whole world shared…

William Rankin

Former university professor; learning designer who works to improve access, humanity & agency, replacing the Taylorite education factory… www.unfoldlearning.net

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