After watching a TED talk about Hackschooling by Logan LaPlante, I was amazed at the possibilities that we are missing in education because of the push for assessment of all and core curriculum. I am a big fan of hack schooling, with that being said I am a big fan of core curriculum. I can see a place where we have an opportunity to broaden our horizons as educators and meet the new world half way.
Block scheduling is something that is coming up in schools to create time for lessons to be taught and to give students more time to learn. It is my belief that with block scheduling schools can make hack schooling happen. By now I’m sure that you are asking what is hack schooling? And why is this guy talking about blocks? Hack schooling is a belief that is making school better by changing some things. In a blog that I read by Bud Hunt called “Centering on Essential Lessons” he discusses the idea of hacking schools and learning by making and playing. Students using their hands and using their minds is a great thing. If we could allow opportunities for students to step out of their comfort zones they will in turn have a better chance to find their passion at an early age.
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Now that we see what hack schooling is, I want to dive in to how we can implement this into public schools. Block scheduling is something that is making its way into education right now. Block scheduling allows for 90-minute class periods and you have less classes per day. 90 minute periods allows for many kinds of hands on activities to happen. This allows time for internships to take place or allows time for professionals from all backgrounds to teach students.
After reading Bud Hunt’s blog and watching Logun LaPlante’s video I was skeptical as normal. But after thinking about this idea and Bud explaining to me the actual definition of hacking, I decided that I am on board with the idea. That is what left me thinking about how to meet my feelings halfway to keep structure of education and to allow for a change. I truly believe this idea is on the way within the next 10 years because of the changing generations on the way. Students need to be challenged in today’s world but they must be interested or their attention is gone. Simply put if we wake up student’s interest scores will be soon to follow.