Whereas screen activity tends to rev kids up, the concrete worlds of modelling clay, finger paints, and building blocks slow them down. The physicality of these materials – the sticky thickness of clay, the hard solidity of blocks – offers a real resistance that gives children time to think, to use their imaginations to making their own worlds.*
Fast produces a kind of thinking, slow produces and different kind of thinking. Fast and slow wire our brains in different ways.
Here are some books that I’ve appreciated that come to this from different directions, slowing down my thinking, offering me some resistance to push into:
Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow
Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist
Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman
Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor
Keri Smith’s The Wander Society
Nancy Kline’s Time to Think and More Time to Think.
Of course, it’s not just about thinking, it’s about everything we do because of how we think.
(*From Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation.)