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ERIC Number: EJ1155358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Tinkering from the Top
Potts, Nichola; Nolan, Shane; O'Keeffe, Alan; Hill, Karen
Primary Science, n145 spec iss p7-11 Win 2016-2017
Sometimes teachers just have to go for it. Breathe and expect the unexpected. A leap of faith can be quite liberating, especially for a new Headteacher of a "Requires Improvement" school. Watching staff and children work tirelessly to improve, the author realised that teachers had to be risk takers, problem-solvers and learners, just as much as the children are encouraged to be. Developing a school improvement plan linked to developing engineering in the school curriculum, by adopting tinkering as a way of learning together, has been the focus for learning over the past two years. In the school, teachers named this development project "Tinkology" and the teachers and children were inspired by the name. Teachers worked with the University of Manchester to enrich their understanding about key pieces of research, in particular the Engineering Habits of Mind (EHOMs), which then led to having inspiration and a drive to work with these ideas to address the school's mission and vision of "Inspire" and "Create." In this article, the authors will explore how "tinkering" can improve a school, claiming that "the school that plays together, stays together!"
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Manchester)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A