on my run a few days ago i was thinking about learning to do something new, i was thinking about something specific, but i’ll leave that for another time. what my thought then branched out to, as i have a tendency of doing, was to imagine what the answer would be if i asked my colleagues what they were learning to do? i started to think about specific answers that people might give. i wondered if they would choose something that would surprise us (my vision has us sitting in a circle…don’t ask) and catch us off guard or if that answers would be soft, as in something they really weren’t passionate about but made the decision to learn because their job required it or they felt they had to. so i guess learning can be looked at in two categories – learning we want to do and learning we have to do. i think we all know where most students would say their learning falls and likewise what most teachers that we work with would say. either way, i think that a person who is going to engage a group in learning needs to be in the midst of learning themselves (hopefully not the same content though). its easy to forget the struggle that people go through as they learn.
what are you learning to do?