Learning early and always.

I am an early adopter.

I won’t say I am an innovator, but I know deeply that the early adopter curve and learning behavior is something I gained at high school when I was forced by circumstances to teach myself mathematics. I succeeded.

I have deeply held beliefs about human need to believe and how questioning is a skill that can shake belief and build understanding. The Why, What, How, Where, When, Who process is something that informs what I do and is a process that I want to teach. I don’t agree with the lecture reorganization of these questions, but not because it is not a most useful approach. These questions are tools to use beyond a singular context and they really have to be taken altogether and one at a time and altogether constantly! The big cluster diagram is attractive and I would work even more with that one.

The tool use and competencies diagnosis is an issue.  Telling people that all database applications are so similar that I can work with most everyone is not helping me find a job. I have to list Salesforce, Ecert, Moodle, WordPress, Drupal, etc. Because I want to get better at each tool, expanding my competencies regarding databases and who they are for is important. May not be the best example, but it is one that resonates for me.

The industrial model of widget production and people educating is worthless. I want to scrap it all for intensive unschooling with rigorous assistance and time to learn. The modern world seems to frown on this idea.

Teaching and learning in the wild!

It accepts appropriateness, differences, community AND core concepts and reiteration and interdisciplinary connectivity. This almost last lecture in the first course happens to dovetail nicely with the lecture from my second course for this week. I can apply my understanding and learning to myself! What kind of teacher would I be/could I be/ am I? How do I teach? Why do I teach? And all those delicious questions. All of which will largely smack repeatedly against rules and policies.

  • Somatic – don’t EVER give this one up. Use it or lose it. Roll on the ground everyday.
  • Mythic – yup, storyteller and want to be a master teller!
  • Romantic – kinda sorta but only in the storyteller context
  • Philosophic – always. Grand Unified Theory and the manifestation of diversity
  • Ironic – always – testing the limits, pushing boundaries, sceptic
  • Self-efficacy is a hand in hand aspect of self-assessment and continuous learning.

I have to keep on learning because it is part of who I am. I believe that teaching is a final phase of solidifying true understanding of a subject.