After watching this weeks TED Talk ( https://youtu.be/h11u3vtcpaY ) and reading Bud Hunt’s blog post about hacking, ( http://budtheteacher.com/blog/2012/05/24/centering-on-essential-lenses/ ) I have learned a few things.
The little boy speaking in the TED Talk video amazed me with his ideas on education and life in general. He talks about just wanting to be happy when he grows up, and hearing this come from such a young kid is inspiring. He also says similar things that Bud Hunt has in his blog post about hacking. Both said that the term hacking has a bad reputation and is misunderstood. Yes, there are bad things that come with hacking sometimes, but when done the right way, it can be an awesome thing. It can open up new and improved things for a website, help you find easier and quicker ways to do and learn things, and so on and so forth.
After reading and watching what these two had to say, I learned that less can be more for some learners. Whether that means less homework for my students so they aren’t as stressed, or short cuts to a theory, and things like that, if it works faster and easier for a child to learn, why not try it? Not everything has to come with a take home assignment or a 5 page essay. Although these things can be important and help students learn, that’s not always the case for every single student. For some students, less is more.
I would love to learn more about hacking in education. As a student, I loved short lessons that were straight to the point if I understood what was going on and catching on pretty easily. But if I didn’t understand something I would need to go over it a few times and need more detail. If I can find a way to teach my students what they need to be taught in a short, simple, and right to the point kind of way, and it be guaranteed that they would have a good grasp on the concept, that is exactly what I am going to do.
I found this picture on flickr and thought that it fit just what we are discussing. In today’s world, people are worrying too much about being right than actually understand what they are doing. This fits in education and just in life in general. That is why I think if there is a shorter way to get students to understand something, it will focus more on the actual learning part, instead of the right answer part.