So who was really in trouble, me or this kid? After reading Turkle's article, and discussing with the team how everyone learns differently, it dawned on me that maybe I could use this child’s energy to get him to collaborate with me or the other children. His sense of the activity needs a different take, a new angle, a little tinkering. And that’s fine, because after thinking about it, I think I stomped on a few books in my day too.
What I’m getting at is that I was able to learn a lot from this experience. The La Clase Mágica pedagogy focuses on creating a learning environment that enables children to learn better and in their own way. There is no one best way of teaching because no one learns the same way. I have learned to communicate with children like this differently and use their strengths to benefit the learning activity and the goal in mind. It was more about tinkering with my mind, relearning how to learn, and recreating my own role as a child’s guide.
- Jason Tang studies Communications at UCSD, he volunteers at MCM in Solana Beach
"The Triumph of Tinkering" from Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet by Sherry Turkle, 1995