What do you believe will be the most convincing argument for learning through making in your school or organization? Is this the same argument that convinced you originally? Hosting a family workshop for families to learn about making, I believe, would be the most convincing argument for learning through making. Once families have the opportunity to witness the value of hands-on learning, they will be demanding that it be so! Using the Say this, not that responses in the book as part of the introduction to the family workshop would get everyone on board!
Recount a making experience from your childhood. From my childhood, I remember when a group of us from our neighborhood were given supplies from our dads. Our dads were handy and would give us nails and scrap wood. We would go in woods behind my neighbors house and we built a tree fort. It was between three trees and was the foundation was in the shape of a triangle. We nailed 3 pieces of wood to a tree for a ladder. The fort was approximately 4 feet off the ground and once inside there was only room for three of us. We drew on the boards, which were a hodgepodge of different sizes and thicknesses. We spent a lot of time tweaking our design.
Have you ever experienced open-ended professional development like the one described in Chapter 14 (Constructing Modern Knowledge)? How did it compare with “typical” professional development? Did it work better for you or not? The open-ended professional development described in chapter 14, is not one that I have participated in but would love to hear other people's experiences.