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“Bored? Got Stuff/Interests? Develop Hobbies, Collections and Expertise”

Kids share their hobby collections, sports or other activities, explore ways to expand or start new ones, learn how to preserve and display their treasures/awards and practice higher order thinking skills while building their expertise.
Tom Hughes
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40 minute class
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Class Experience

Research suggests that people with hobbies, regardless of age, especially collectors, are seldom bored, have strong communication skills and are comfortable with intergenerational  conversations.

Pack Rat participants will:
--Improve their understanding of what it means to be a hobbyist,  collector, and the vital role collectors play in our society. In addition to enjoying the fun of collecting, they will learn why it matters.

--Strengthen their interpersonal communication, networking, research and presentation skills.

--Exercise important evaluation skills, including respectfully critiquing collections, and methods of categorizing objects.

--Practice being a productive member of a group, brainstorming ideas for extending existing collections or suggesting new ones.
I’m known as “Tom the Global Guy” in Outschool. Elsewhere, I’m known as “Tom the Food Museum Guy” or “The Potato Museum Guy” as I’ve developed major food history-themed collections that have been featured in exhibitions in major museums, books and educational programs. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


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About Me

I’m Tom (the Global Guy) Hughes, a retired educator who has taught every grade from first to 11th on three continents, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran teaching English as a Foreign Language to high schoolers. But mostly I’ve... 
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