SCHOOL HACKING

This 13 year-old kid has learned how to hack his schooling. What I mean by that is that he has learned how to take the essential classes, Math, reading, science, etc. and has turned them into his own interests so that he can succeed in school. His passion is skiing and so he has figured out how to connect the subjects to skiing to promote his interest. As teachers we need to learn how to do this with our own students. One thing that he said that has stuck with me is that we need to stop asking students what they want to BE when they grow up, instead we need to ask what they want to Do when they grow up. You see there is a difference. The difference is that by asking someone what they want to BE you can get answers such as happy. However, by asking someone what they want to DO when they grow up you get answers like his such as business owner. After watching this it really got me thinking just how much we need to change the way that we teach our students. I love how he already as an internship. I think that by the time a student has reached a certain age, junior or senior in high school, they should become more involved in the field that they want to go into. For me I helped coached the junior high FFA quiz bowl team in my school. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. When I was a junior and senior in high school I was a teacher’s aide for first and second grade reading, along with 4th grade P.E. by being a teacher’s aide I knew that I was going into the correct field. I knew what to expect for kids this age level. I can also say that by doing this I better prepared for college. As a teacher, I want to “hack” my own students’ learning.

http://budtheteacher.com/blog/2012/05/24/centering-on-essential-lenses/

While reading this it got me thinking about how we need to keep our students creative juices flowing.  In the article it states “Students learn more and better and fuller and richer when they are making something to demonstrate their learning. In my Ag class my junior or senior year of high school we learned about plumbing but we didn’t just read about it.  We learned how to do a plumbing square and if we had leaks we had to figure out where the leaks are coming from and how to fix it. I wished that more of my classes did hands-on learning instead of just read the textbook and do a worksheet. By involving our students in their learning they are more likely to remember the content. I can still remember some of the class discussions that I had throughout school. The reason for this? Because my teachers INVOLVED me in my learning. We need to start doing the same.

Benjamin Franklin Quote

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6 thoughts on “SCHOOL HACKING

  1. Okay, seriously how did you get the video on your blog?!?! When I tried to upload it to show more than a link on mine it said I had to buy the premium version of WordPress and I said, “Um..no, but thank you.” I really love your quote at the end. Sometimes few words makes more sense than many! Good job!

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  2. Yes!! I feel it is essential to find ways to help students to connect to classes and lessons that may not interest them. This doesn’t always have to involve digital technology though. It could be as simple as choosing a basic and broad topic for an English class project. Like food, after all everyone’s got to eat!

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  3. I really like how you want to get kids more involved and I also liked that quote that you ended with. But I think that this can be a struggle depending on what subject and level you teach. I am going to teach math and yeah there are interactive ways to do that but I think that math problems and the homework that I would give are part of the interaction, but at the same time not all people enjoy doing problems. So I think that it would be pretty hard to bring Logan’s way of learning into the traditional classroom.

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    1. I agree with you math and science are really hard to hack because with math and science you either get it or you don’t there doesn’t seem to be an in between but maybe we can think of ways to bridge that gap!

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