Watching Logan LaPlante’s video was an eyeopener to me, there are so many times, that we as adults don’t think a thing of it that we are boring children with our repetitive and redundant questions. Logan mentioned that kids get tired of hearing the same old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can guarantee you that I was one of those kids that every time someone asked me that I had a new, off the wall answer. I know for a fact I’ve asked 90% of the young children I have worked with what they wanted to be when they grew up, now I feel bad because they too were thinking, ugh here’s another adult asking that same old question!
As educators, we can open those doors of opportunity for children to look into the world of career possibilities. We can show them the positive side of learning, not just brainwashing them into thinking that they HAVE to go to college and they HAVE to be successful. By the time they get older, late high school and into college, they’re so concerned with getting good grades and achieving high marks, that they often forget about learning, and absorbing information.
But the best part about Logan’s talk was his point, “I just want to be happy when I grow up” There is so much violence and hate in this world that most of the young children and young adults don’t know what true happiness is.
Moving on to Bud’s blog, the very first paragraph was my favorite, mainly because of his references to lenses and photography. Each lens provides you with a new view, because it is all about perspective. I couldn’t agree more with his statement regarding having several lenses in your bag, without the numerous lenses to catch every single view.
When I hear the word hack, it automatically has a negative connotation, both Bud and Logan make great examples of it. Hacking can help us to better understand something and to make improvements. Using hacking in a positive manner can help simplify things and in classrooms make subjects and topics easier for students and children to comprehend and apply.
Play has many dimensions, each to the appropriate age level. For young children, play helps them to explore their world, to develop social and problem solving skills. As they get older students learn to play around with new ideas, accepting them and creating their own ways to comprehend and learn.
photo creds: Dr. Tania