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Lessons for teachers from Dyson

Posted on: May 14, 2016

If I mention Dyson, you might think of expensive bagless vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans, and restroom hand dryers.

You might not think that the man behind the name and company has something to teach teachers.

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In this video interview, Dyson talks about what inspires his designs. He also teaches us at least two lessons.

The first lesson is on prototyping. Dyson developed 5,127 prototypes of his vacuum cleaner over three years. Those who think of themselves as makers need to listen very carefully about the process of learning by tinkering and from failure.

The second lesson is about learning based on the need or pull to learn instead of push. Dyson was a designer and became an engineer because he needed information and knowledge to build and tinker. He did not need qualifications; he needed to learn in order to work.

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