I really enjoyed reading Bud Hunt’s blog post about lenses. At first, I was like where is he going with this but the further I read, the more it made sense. The best idea in this blog, I thought, was bringing in the concept of lenses and all the things they can help eyesight with. I also liked how he said that making things is essential to the craft of teaching and learning. I couldn’t agree more with that. That is a good way to know what your students are learning and if you are doing your job as a teacher. I’ve always felt that I personally learn better if I can visually see the information. It stays better within the lenses of your mind.
What I found the most interesting was the part about hacking and how we’ve lost the word in a sense. I had no idea “hack” meant a fiddle that improved a process or program. I did know what a hacker was, however. I should’ve put two and two together but you learn something new everyday, right? We talk about hackers like they aren’t the kind of people we want to have in this world but actually we do. It makes sense why after reading his post! It’s kind of a crazy idea to think that we can learn from hacking something LOL.
I also found the part about playing funny too. When we are little kids, playing with things helps us to understand them more. We play with blocks and learn how to build them into a tower. We play with shapes and learn what they are. Or something more physical, we learn about the outside world if we play in our sandbox or treehouse. Playing does involve learning and it doesn’t happen by instruction but more naturally within ourselves.
Overall, his post really got me thinking about different ways to learn that I already knew or that might be new to me. I think after all of this reading, I realized I need to play more! But more of a grown up manner. I need to get my brain thinking again and hacking might be one of the ways I do it. And no I will not become some genius hacker who everyone hates and will eventually be chased down by the FBI. I’m not that serious about it!