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What is Tinkering?
Tinkering is a hands-on approach to learning (and experiencing) how things work. It's about playing around with materials to explore and invent, Tinkering is critical to developing fine motor & problem solving skills, building peer relationships, and supporting teamwork & collaboration. It promotes the language of skills and higher order thinking.
In many ways, it is an extension of project-based learning, cooperative learning, and inquiry-based learning. Tinkering provides opportunities to investigate, to pull apart, to plan, to rebuild, redesign and construct.
It fuels a student's natural curiosity, while providing an opportunity to build confidence, focus, independence, and tenacity..
Check out this great article... Learning through Tinkering [Source: NY Times]