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After watching Logan Laplante’s Ted Talks video, one idea stuck with me and has been on my mind ever since. The idea that schools do not teach students to be healthy and happy. It never occurred to me that happy is a state of mind that can practiced. Stress management, recreation, contribution and service, diet and nutrition, relationships, and spirituality are the eight facets of happiness that Logan Laplante refers to in his Ted Talks video. If schools were to incorporate practicing these 8 dimensions of happiness, students may grow into more adjusted and well rounded adults.

Bud Hunt’s blog titled Centering Essential Lenses Make Hack Play essentially condensed the 8 facets of happiness that Laplante alluded to in his Ted Talk’s video into 3 main “lenses” making, hacking and playing. Hunt maintains that schools should look at education through the making, hacking and playing lenses. The making and hacking lenses that Hunt discusses are imperative to learning because they involve innovation and persistence. The play lenses is focused on the importance of freedom in an a constrained environment.

The hacking and making lenses actually resemble the contribution and service idea that Laplante elaborated on in his Ted Talks video. Both ideas from Hunt and Laplante agree that attaining success in making is crucial to developing happy, healthy, and productive adults. The play lens that Hunt provides is similar to the idea of recreation that Laplante mentioned. Both Hunt and Laplante also agree that freedom is essential to both happiness and learning.

Both Hunt and Laplante have impacted me and how I plan to conduct my teaching. Reading Bud Hunt’s blog and watching Logan Laplante’s video introduced me to the hacking perspective. The hacking perspective illustrates innovation and critical thinking above most others. Hackers manipulate and bend the rules to achieve a better outcome. I plan to include hacking learning in my classroom as an instructor. I will encourage students to experiment on their own with solving problems and solutions and steer away from guiding them toward my preferred method.

In Hunt’s blog Centering on Essential Lenses, I wonder how the “play” perspective could be utilized in the classroom specifically for the older age groups of students. I suppose experimental learning and hands on learning could be categorized as “play”, but that definition seems a little vague. I am curious to how all of these “lenses” in which we should be viewing education can be specifically applied in daily public school teaching. log



2 thoughts on “Hackschooling

  1. I have taken a lot of courses that say that play should be incorporated into all different classrooms no matter their age. I think that play in schools is more of doing something interactive and letting the students guide their own learning more, rather than, just messing around. I would love to know more about how to incorporate though!


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