Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Review: Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom

"To understand is to invent" ( Piaget, 1976) this quote is found on the first page and through out the book, which focus on children creating and inventing to learn. The title of the book is a perfect fit. This book explains that children need to tinker, play, and given opportunities to invent, so they can learn. Students remember projects and collaborative groups not worksheets and pointless facts. Makerspaces are giving us an opportunity to rethink how we teach, as we try to get our students ready for the competitive ever changing "real world." Making gives students a chance to take ownership of their learning even if what they create isn't perfect. Making also gives them confidence to trust themselves. In a world of high stakes testing, this is a refreshing book to really think about how students learn. 
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