While the term hacking education could be taken seriously as all students in my middle school take a technology class and learn about coding, there is a more meaningful side to hacking. Other words you could use in its place would be tinker, fiddle, or ponder. It’s about finding other solutions or looking at a situation differently. Hacking is meant to improve problem solving skills.
Making allows students to get really get into a topic with their hands. Examples of making in education could be sewing, 3D printing, and wood working. Students get to be a part of making something and appreciate craftsmanship more. The understand what goes into a finished product and understand what all is made. I never appreciated fully appreciated all the work that goes into fixing a car, welding, or wiring until my shop class. Several times after class we would all walk out and just stare at the lights trying to imagine what to wiring must be and how crazy it was that it had to be the same perfect way every time. It was a lot to remember!
It is well known through the education field that children learn through play, but nothing is ever mentioned about past childhood. Play has so many health benefits well into adulthood. After a certain point, it becomes unacceptable” to play. adults need deep play to stimulate their minds. It does not have to be competitive to be stress relieving. Most realizations or “aha” moments happen when you are playing because your mind is allowed to leave a focused environment and may roam. Think about the thoughts you have relaxed driving or in shower. Different types of play have different benefits as well. An activity like a board game will improve problem solving skills. Playing with others also has benefits! It allows relationships to be built and social skills to increase. Studies have shown loneliness is often a sign of an early death. Playing can even help you sleep! The link below shows how teams of adults are affected by playing kickball together:
I myself am a workaholic and have recently been indulging more in play. I am currently working at a daycare so I am constantly on my hands and knees with kids and often getting lost in it. I have also started playing videos games (Sims 4 and House Flipper). I have been more relaxed and get through my days easier because I have something to be looking forward to. This has also helped my relationship as my boyfriend and I have decided to build a PC together so we can both play!