Halloween is just around the corner...do your little ones have costumes?
Growing up, my mom and dad always took the resourceful route with costumes; they taught us to use what we already had, and we made it work.
Thinking back, creating costumes taught me as a child to see materials through various lenses.
Shouldn't we be teaching our students to do the same? Why?
Basically when you value an object/concept/idea from various perspectives, you draw from your schema (what you already know) and connect it to a new experience. This supports the learning of listening. Listening is the key component in learning.
Listening is not hearing, listening is understanding.
It's the difference between knowing how to use an algorithm and understanding how the algorithm works.
Give your children the time to make choices to solve a problem with a limited set of resources. You'll be surprised with what they come up with.