Richard and I are back in Brookings and I’ve already spent many happy hours in my office above our motorhome garage. This space has been little more than a storeroom since it was built – and it’s just now beginning to be used as we intended.
The main reason we built this space was for me to have a great place to write. I’ve never been exactly sure what I wanted to write, but knew I wanted to write. No . . . that’s wrong. I have known what I’ve wanted to write, but have never been able to focus on finishing just one thing.
Which brings me to the title of this post: Good Ideas.
My problem is that I have just too many of them. Some have been original – but most have been new ideas that have spun off someone else’s good idea. And they are all stored in this room!
In a way I feel like I’m starting over today because I disciplined myself to pick up just one notebook, sit down, and take the time to go through it page by page. I tossed out all multiple copies and unnecessary files – all the while thinking about what is worth keeping and what I want to do with it.
The folder is called “WORLD CLASS” – and is a collection of materials my friend Shelley Shepherd and I developed for an experimental elective for 6-8th graders in 2004. As I was going through the notebook, I realized that even though the class was only offered one semester because Shelley moved to Kentucky the following year, the ideas that we collected and developed during those few months have somehow continued to evolve in other forms and in other places for the past decade.
I remembered WORLD CLASS the other day when another friend sent me a link to a TEDx talk given by an amazing young man, just about the same age as the kids in our class. On a YouTube video he tells about what he calls “Hackschooling.” That’s his term for the “curriculum” he’s developed for himself since his parents took him out of public school and let him homeschool himself. Yes, I do mean homeschool himself. He explains this much better than I can – so just click here and listen to him tell his story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY