I used to think that creative, student-directed exploration and active learning were important (and arguably necessary) components of successful learning experiences. Now I know that play, creativity, tinkering, iteration (I could pull from each week ) are important for successful learning experiences and “children” of all ages.
Professionally, I work with students of all ages - many have children of their own - but I am interpreting this term and applying (with gratitude to the LCL team) the shared ideas to learners of all ages and background. While the application is not a clean 1:1 transition given the many factors at play, I now believe (strongly) that playful tinkering and creative learning experiences should be (and can be) integrated into learning experiences for all educational stages and ages.
Interestingly, I am finding more challenges convincing others that we “can” do so, not that we “should” do so. (I am still trying to decide if I find this surprising, or not.) Finding ways to integrate these types of experiences into our learning environments will require similar types of creative thinking. Thank you all, this has been a wonderful experience.