When you think of hacking and hackers what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? Well, I can tell you mine was not about hackschooling. It was about computer hackers doing bad and illegal activities. The original definition of hacking is fiddling or tinkering with something to make it work better. Hackschooling is a method of education where the student or learner is allowed to choose their activities and how they would like to learn. I think this is a brilliant way for children to learn, although it would be difficult to implement everywhere. I like that students get to choose special interests that they can learn about in their education, but I feel like young children would need a large amount of guidance in choosing their special interest. In the TED Talk video, Logan LePlante explained that “learning how to be happy and healthy is not taught in school.” This lead his family and many others to pull their students out of public education to be home schooled. These families created hackschooling. In this system they have the freedom to learn about skiing and they spend whole days outside in nature. I think this would be an excellent option for students. Both the video and reading has opened my eyes to the possibilities that I will have in my own classroom. Hopefully, when I have my classroom, I will be able to teach my students about nature outside, show them where their food comes from, and teach them life skills. I know that going on trips every other week will never happen in schools, but teachers have options to teach students in different ways that allow them to learn special interests. The article Centering on Essential Lenses describes how children learn better when they are actually making things with their hands rather than just being lectured. That is really important for future teachers to understand. Schools need to have hands on experiences for their students. The article also describes how playing is a good thing. It isn’t just letting the students do whatever they please. The article says that play is about giving students the freedom to learn and discover while still giving guidance. It also says that “good play requires that you understand what and who you’re playing with, and perhaps even the nature of the game.” This is an extremely important thing for students to learn. When they understand things, they can excel. Altogether, I learned a lot from the video and article.