I just rewatched John Seely Brown’s short video “Tinkering As A Mode of Knowledge Production” http://bit.ly/l0usP3. I recommend it. Tinker is such a good word. A quick dictionary check found: to fiddle with, adjust, fix, try to mend, play about with, fool with, futz with; tamper with, interfere with, mess about with, meddle with. Ask yourself; in what classes in school did you get to tinker? If not, literally, with things, then with ideas. If you are a teacher, ask yourself how students get to tinker in your class. If not, why not? Thinking about what Brown has to say reminded me about a former student who certainly qualifies as a tinkerer. I’ve written about him before on this blog: http://bit.ly/m647GW. Tinkers, the fixers of things, were itinerants. How can we make student tinkerers itinerants across the curriculum, beyond the curriculum, and ultimately curriculum creators?