Quick Look: How Tinkering Makes You Smarter

Author Annie Paul write: "Some educators have begun taking seriously an activity often dismissed as a waste of time: tinkering. Tinkering is the polar opposite of the test-driven, results-oriented approach of No Child Left Behind: it involves a loose process of trying things out, seeing what happens, reflecting and evaluating, and trying again."

Any educators offering this time in their classes? We'd love to hear from you!

Last month I watched as my almost-six-year old son paged through a new book I'd given him, inspecting its black-and-white line drawings, its quaint chapter headings - "Useful Tools for Home Mechanics," "The Versatile Querl and Other Utensils" - and its matter-of-fact instructions for making furniture, gadgets, and toys with one's own hands.

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