What do you think of when you hear the word “hacker?” The first thing that comes to mind is probably a bad person who is stealing personal information and sharing it with someone else. But what if I said you are wrong? What if I said a hacker is a person using creativity, using skills, experiences, being happy doing things in a different way, etc.
As children growing up, we would always hear grownups asking, what do you want to be when you grow up? Of course, many of our answers would be something like; a teacher, an engineer , an astronaut, a doctor, etc. But did we ever stopped and think, I want to grow up, graduate high school, go to college, finish a career, get a job, get married, and be happy. Yes, be happy! You might be asking yourself, happy how? How about being happy while exploring, playing, using skills, using resources, but still learning. Hands on activities helps students to learn while expanding their knowledge. Education is a practice, the more you practice, the better you become at it, especially, when it is something you enjoy doing.
Being happy also applies to a classroom.Sir Ken said, “creativity is as important as literacy.” When students are happy learning about something they enjoy, like writing a paper while using creativity, expressing their own ideas, using skills; learning is happening as they make things and their knowledge expands.
As future teachers, we have to remember that students also learn while playing, interacting and being creative. There are not a set of rules that point how students should learn. Every student is unique in their own way, all of us express feelings and ideas in different ways. As we teach, keep in mind what Bud Hunt said, “the one who frames the learning of others is as important as the learner, a student in a classroom .
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