As those of you who know me already know, I am not what one would refer to as an arts & crafts type of person. My penmanship is mocked by 11 year olds. My cutting skills are less refined than my friends’ six year old daughter. I hated coloring as a child (yes, I was a curmudgeon as a seven year old). I was forced to take a higher level Art class in college because of my major (Communications with emphasis in Public Relations). I turned in my project (which I legitimately spent close to two hours on I might add), and the professor literally (not figuratively [I taught LA I theoretically know the difference]) laughed out loud at me in front of the class.
With all of that being said, I didn’t really excel in this particular adventure in terms of beauty. I did however learn quite a bit. First, I learned how a circuit worked through trial and error (since we weren’t allowed to help each other, in theory). Second, I learned a fantastic way to teach students something. Had they told me how the circuit worked, I probably would have just made the thing and been done never to worry about it again. However, since I literally had to mess with the goofy thing until it worked, I had to figure it out on my own. Hence, it is now seared into my brain. Here is the “thing:”
Mind blown by its illustrious beauty? No? Feel free to join my art professor. I am most proud of the sun by the way.
The applications for this method are endless. It can be utilized in math by giving students the answers and telling them to work backwards to figure out how to answer other questions like it. It can be used in science with any lab or new concept you need to teach. It can be used in Language Arts by having students dig through a few short stories to try to find the elements that they all have in common. This method is highly transferable.
Feel free to give other ideas below.