What is teaching if not providing tools to switch on our extraordinary natural human capabilities and equipment? “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish…” goes the saying.
The human “toolbox” is immense! It’s a multi-leveled, multi-dimensional, poly-chromatic symphony of sympathies, attitudes, choices and connections. Just like we are!
It’s like the inverse of one of those ancient Chinese box puzzles. Instead of opening a big box and finding smaller and smaller boxes inside, you open a small box and find a bigger one inside! The more you use the tools, the more they open up new frontiers!
Instead of reducing everything down to fit ‘little box’ views of the world, the natural tools open everything up into greater and greater vistas!
Right now Talking Hands Talking Feet is doing “Math-a-magic” with a wild bunch of 2nd graders in Santa Fe. It’s a blast! It turns conventional math teaching on its head, actually helping kids to think according to natural principles (as a compliment to their textbook learning).