Throughout the day, I heard Laurel remind her students to "look closely". This had the wonderful effect of slowing them down and pushing their thinking. When I got home – with those words echoing in my head – I took the time to "look closely" at the photos from our visit. Here's what I noticed: Hands appear in almost every photo – maneuvering lights, creating patterns, touching, moving, poking, sorting. As I put together this PicCollage of images, a thought popped into my mind: We use our hands to think!
Our visit to Thornwood could not have come at a better time. Taking a break from our intense focus on planning for EdExProject has re-ignited our creativity and propelled our planning forward with ease. Connecting with other educators always challenges our thinking in amazing ways. I am even more excited for the conference now, knowing that everyone who attends will experience the joy of unexpected discoveries and the opportunity to think with their hands.