When I first read the titles of the video and blog required for this post, I have to admit that I was intrigued. As I’m sure with many people, when I think about a hacker, I think about a computer whiz that is breaking into my computer or sending out some sort of Trojan horse virus.
Of course, I was wrong. A hacker is someone who just finds a better way to do something. In regards to my teaching, I want to be a hacker. I don’t want to be a teacher who just lectures or talks at the students. I plan on being a PE teacher, so I want to help expose the students to different activities that they can do throughout their life as well as what an important role nutrition plays in your adult life. I don’t just want to do units on team sports, and then the kids play the sports for a month and get bored.
I want to find a way to get them excited about being healthy, which will help them be happy – the 2 things that Logan LaPlante says are so important in his TED Talk Hackschooling Makes Me Happy. This kid was an amazing speaker for only being 13. I am actually envious of what his school schedule looks like. He is learning by doing, which is how I want to teach. I think it is so beneficial to teach with real world examples and how they are applicable to our everyday lives.
I really enjoyed Bud Hunt’s blog post, Centering on Essential Lenses. If teachers/administrators would spend more time allowing students to make, hack, and play, I think you would not only find more productive students, but also fewer students getting bored and in trouble. I was never really into making things until I took a pottery class in middle school. I wasn’t into drawing or painting, but for some reason I was pretty good at making pottery, and actually enjoyed it. I also think playing is an important part of learning. When I was reading this, my first thought of “play” was playing around with a car engine, trying to figure out how it works. This would be so much more beneficial, for a hands-on learner like me, to learn this way rather than to read it in a book. But I think too many times, educators are tasked with covering such a broad scope in the classes that they don’t get to go deep in the topics to really help the kids learn.
I enjoyed reading about this topic. I am going to make every effort to incorporate make, hack, and play into my teaching style so that I can get my students’ brains thinking in a different way.