As I reflect on the learning that I observed throughout the year, I noticed that some adult learners, just like some of our best students, are good at giving information back to those that are asking for it. Nothing new is being created, but a transfer of information occurs. Sticky, hard learning that creates change is much different than that.
Erika Andersen, a writer for the Harvard Businees Review, addresses four key attributes that are present when an individual is learning in her blog post, "Learning to Learn”.
- Aspiration - The level of which someone wants to learn something.
- Self-Awareness - Evaluating yourself accurately and striving for objectivity while reflecting on feedback from others.
- Curiosity - Diving in until one understands something that has made them wonder. Learning to ask questions that moves learning along. Following questions up with actions until new learning happens.
- Vulnerability - Putting oneself out there and starting as a beginner and embracing the journey of becoming good at something new.
Let's close with VULNERABILITY, as we support teachers and their learning we must celebrate and acknowledge the process of learning to learn at each step of their journey, the highs and the lows.
What are you doing on your campus to help adults continue to develop and grow as learners?
* Make It Stick by Peter Brown,Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel, is a valuable resource if you are interested in learning about the brain side of learning. Jennifer Gonzalez also has an interesting podcast about the book.