Promoting Danger...Safely!

Through student, parent, and teacher sessions, use 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) as HW for a month! (or just a week)

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At TEDxAtlanta years ago, I met Gever Tulley. Gever started the Tinkering School and Brightworks School in San Francisco. He also wrote a book entitled, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do). My sons and I have worked our way through the book a few times. Yet I've never used the book as a resource for my work in schools. (Shame on me!)

What if we used the book to create something of a "club" that people could opt into?! We could announce the idea to students and parents and teachers, and we could all gather to get our book copies, watch a TED talk from Gever, and begin taking the challenge of doing some (or all!) of the 50 things as HOMEWORK! Maybe for a month (or just a week even).

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

The 50 ideas provide spurs for exploring something - like putting a 9volt battery on one's tongue. And the book serves as a journal where danger doers can record what happened and what curiosities the "lab" or experiment generated for them.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • All of the above

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Love this Bo! Love the idea of a club. I would sign up!

I have a friend that is part of the adventure playground group http://play-ground.nyc/.
 He also shared just now with us the Ted talk from Gever Tulley that you actually met! How awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyWA3p4aVHM&app=desktop you probably saw it already.

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