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                   Gever Tulley teaches life lessons through tinkering

The founder of the Tinkering School, Gever Tulley likes to build things with kids. Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoaster. (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/gever_tulley_s_tinkering_school_in_action.html)

 
                                                                  
 
A.  (Before watching) Match the words on the left with their definitions on the right. Put the correct letter into the box next to each word.
 
1
insight
a
disaster
2
interlude
 
b
a person who works together with others for a special purpose
3
collaborator
 
c
the group of subjects studied in a school, college, etc.
4
setback
 
d
to draw pictures or patterns while thinking about something else or when you are bored
5
calamity
 
e
feeling annoyed or less confident because you cannot achieve what you want
6
to doodle
 
f
to go wrong
7
frustrated
 
g
a clear, deep and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation
8
to go awry
 
h
a period of time between two events or situations, during which something different happens
9
to tinker
 
i
very ordinary and therefore not interesting
10
curriculum
 
j
a problem that delays or prevents progress, or makes things worse than they were
11
mundane
 
k
to make small changes to something in order to repair it or make it work better
                                         
 
 
B.   Now watch the video and complete the answers to the following questions.
 
 
                    
 
1.   How is Tinkering School different from ordinary schools?
‘Tinkering School doesn't follow a set  . And there are no  .’
2.   How long does a course in Tinkering School last?
‘It's a  immersive experience for the kids.’
3.   What is the goal of Tinkering School?
‘Our goal is to  that they leave with a better sense of  than when they arrived.’
4.   Does everything turn out as planned?
 ever turns out as planned.’
5.   What do they start from?
‘ We start from  and  .’
6.   What is the central part of the course?
 is at the heart of the experience.’  
7.   What is the role of the ‘teachers’?
‘Robin and I act as  .’
8.   How are failures dealt with?
‘Failures are  and  .’
9.   What do they do when they get stuck with a project?
‘When faced with particularly difficult  or complexities, a really interesting behavior emerges: 
10.   How does this help?
‘From these  come deep  and amazing new approaches to solving the problems that had them  just moments before.’
 
 
                                   
 
 
                                                                       
 
 
 
 
 
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