|Lift out tray with center divider.|
At my box interiors class at Marc Adams, I wanted the class to become student led to some degree, which meant that I needed student involvement in the development of lessons as they emerged. So in making trays, I asked for their help in directing me to make the kind of tray they thought would be useful in their own work. Half the class wanted a sliding tray. The other half wanted another design. So we made both, even though a lift out tray as shown is one I'd never made before in my life.
Making this simple tray required me to engage heuristically in the process of teaching. Part of the value of this open ended approach is that it demonstrates a self-directed model for learning. Students will at some point, leave the tutelage of an instructor and be on their own to confidently engage in personal discovery. That will certainly involve trial and error. It may involve failure and will most certainly involve risk. Participating with a teacher who demonstrates this relationship with both failure and risk may be the most important experience that can be offered to students in a class. For both teacher and student it involves a step into the unknown. Heuristics require there to be an unknown in order for discovery to take place. Incidentally, this is related to a principle in Educational Sloyd, "Move from the known to the unknown." And that's not just a principle for the student, but for the teacher as well.
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