Revisiting Old Ideas
An Unexpected Treasure Hunt
This particular Hub will be brief. It is a reflection of something I found, and what I was able to create with it.
As I was looking through some of my published Hubs from last year, I came across one that had never been published. I wondered what I had overlooked, and why it had taken me a year to find it. So I clicked on it, and found that the only thing I had created was a title. It came from when I was focuses specifically on what we can do as a nation toward a better kind of education reform, and what we had overlooked in the striving we have created to make everything about conformity and standardization.
So I was inspired to finish the piece. It turned into an unexpected treasure hunt, a culmination of all of the research I was able to pull directly from my mind to my fingertips. But As I was writing, recalling all of the information I had analyzed, researched, and implemented into my own classroom, something incredible happened: I found my own passion for my own work coming back into play. I am in the midst of a projects-based learning project with my own students, and I thirst for the opportunity to do more with them in a broader spectrum that current educational systems stifle, if not entirely crush with the need to be driven by standardized tests.
The greatest treasure I found in this endeavor, however, was that anything is possible! I am now thrilled to be reworking curriculum and reworking old lesson plans to fit a new model of project-based understanding. I am creating a model for a mock trial for my students to explore the need to define war crimes and to punish those who commit them. I am developing an opportunity to generate art based on the dystopian political situations under which we are being governed, and how they would create their own governmental and economic systems if they had the opportunity. I am finding ways to tie modern warfare into the recent history we have of containment, and propaganda driving fear of "the other," which ultimately creates an enemy where there otherwise would not have to be one.
My mind is filled with ideas that will be easy enough to create with my students, and which will serve them better by generating opportunities to prep for tests in a way that does not feel like test prep, and to tie abstract notions in history to concrete experiences that involve art, philosophy, and engineering. I can help to inspire our next generation of problem solvers, and it is a joy to be able to so.
The Hub is an amazing place filled with wonderful ideas! It has been an honor to be able to revisit some of my own writing and find a missing piece--the needed boon for my own passion--and to create an opportunity for others to explore their own abilities. Truly, this small corner of the Internet holds the greatest wonders!