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Literacy-Based Maker Education
Let’s take a deeper look at how learn-try-do might work. Say you want to learn how to snowboard - you might watch a few YouTube videos and sign up for some lessons. Then, you’d have to actually go out to the ski hill, rent some equipment, and try it. You haven’t fully committed yet and that’s fine. You might decide that it’s not for you. At this point, you might feel like you’ve failed but that’s not so. You learned something new and you tried it. Two out of three … awesome!
Consider this scenario though. You have a dream of publishing a children’s book. You subscribe to Writer’s Digest magazine for inspiration, and you read a lot so you know the market and are familiar with various forms. Not only that, you teach writing … every day. But do you write every day? Do you share or submit your own writing? Do you carve out time to work on making your dream a reality? Sometimes we get stuck in the learning but never actually do what we want to be doing. In this case, it’s imperative that we get to the doing part of it.
Throughout this month, I’ll be explaining how we might use “learn-try-do” in our teaching practice. After all, teaching is only talking or demonstrating if learning isn’t involved and practice is nothing more than trying. Let’s do this!
Vicki Den Ouden is an Elementary Reading Intervention Teacher from BC, Canada. She loves to dream, learn, teach, and create.