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What does hacking mean to you? Does your mind instantly go towards that sketchy e-mail you got last week, the news, or thinking someone is watching you through the camera on your laptop? What if I were to tell you right now that hacking is not what you may think it is and that we can use it as a positive in schools? Bud Hunt in his post titled Centering on Essential Lenses explained it the best. “Hacking too often gets a bad rap, because we’ve lost the sense of the word. The original definition of a hack was a fiddle that improved a process or a program. A hacker was someone who made such changes. Hackers were revered in technology communities, because they took what was there and made it better (Hunt, 2012).”
In the Ted Talk by Logan LaPlante, this teenage boy speaks from an interesting point of view on how he hacked his own education. He brought up a point of view that I often forget about while I was that age. “When I grow up, I want to be happy. For me, when I grow up, I want to continue to be happy like I am now (LaPlante, 2013).” As simple as this quote might be, it really hit me hard. It is a quote that I can live by, it’s a quote that I can understand, and a quote that everyone can relate to. Some kids really aren’t happy learning what they want in school and some students really don’t know how to be happy.
Isn’t that crazy? There could be students in your classroom, people you walk by every day, or a family member that you know that don’t know how to be happy and healthy.
I would want to know what my students want to know. As an Family and Consumer Science teacher, it’s my job to teach my students life skills that they can use inside and outside of the classroom. If my students want to know how to make a pizza from scratch, then I’ll make a lesson plan about making pizza from scratch. Is pizza made from scratch healthier then store bought pizza? Who can make the healthiest pizza versus the least healthy? What are some hacks we can use while making pizza? They want to know how they can be happier and healthier? Let’s learn about that together! Let’s look into what makes us happy, healthy, and ready to learn.
I know to some people, there is no sense in making a lesson plan dependent on what the students want to learn, but I’m so glad that I get the chance to make that an opportunity for my students. For some other teachers, it may be harder to hack their education when lesson plans are so specific.
So, let’s hack education for the benefit for everyone. Let’s use personal and professional experience to make the school experience better for our students in the long run. Let’s make education not only better for us, but also for our students.
I’m here and I absolutely can’t wait to be The Next Teacher.
Want to know what I know? Here’s the link to Logan LaPlante’s Ted Talk!
The link for Bud Hunt’s Blog post