“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
About My Own Learning
Over the years I have learned a lot, at least I think I have, and I realize I still have a lot to learn. I have literally been in school since the age of five. As I am almost 49, that puts my school experiences as a student and educator to 44 years. I suddenly feel a little bit older now. Today, I thought I would reflect on how I learn.
There are many ways to learn. You can learn by going to school, experience, and reading to name a few. Here are some of the formal and informal ways that I learn today.
- Reading – I am not the fastest reader in the world. All through my elementary years my teachers always put in my report card, “Greg should read in the summer time.” Although I am not the fastest reader, I still learn by reading educational and/or leadership books and journals.
- Conferences – This year I had the pleasure of going to two conferences. One was on the Daily 5/CAFE in Las Vegas and the other was a Wayne Hulley conference on Effective Schools in Winnipeg. During both these conferences I learned some new concepts and was reaffirmed by many concepts I currently use. I also enjoyed the collaboration with my colleagues during the sharing portions of the conferences.
- On-line Courses – I am currently taking a class from Flinders University called “Intervention for Students with Numeracy Difficulties.” I am currently teaching Grade 6 math and I think it is important for me to learn how to help all my students, especially the students that struggle. I am only three weeks into the course and I have learned what Study A and Study B came up with, and what a variety of theorist think. I truly hope to expand my knowledge and skills as an educator to help all my students.
- Blogs – I like to read blogs. They are often short, but rich with information and insights. Check out the column to the left to see some of the blogs I follow.
- Family – I spend a large portion of my time with my family and they are a great source of my learning. I continue to learn from my wife and two children, but I do have to admit when my children are talking at the supper table about their latest university courses, I am a little confused about the topic of the conversation.
- Twitter – Twitter has expanded my PLN. When I have time I like to go to twitter to see new ideas. Lately I have attempted to go on various twitter chats. They are quick and fast paced, but the collaboration is terrific.
- Class room visits – I am amazed at all the talented teachers there are. When I go to visit a class or to supervise a teacher, I definitely leave the class room richer than when I arrived. Many times I have observed a teacher, learned a new strategy, and practiced it in my own class room.
- Workshops – Whether they are in my school or at my school division board office I have had the pleasure of being part of many workshops. I will admit, sometimes I leave empty, but more often I leave knowing something I did not before.
- Relationships – I learn from others, whether it is a talented educational assistant, a veteran teacher, a rookie teacher, a happy parent, an unhappy parent, a grade one student, or a grade 6 student. The more I interact, the more I learn.
Although not a complete list, these are some of the ways that I learn. One realization is my learning is changing. I find I enjoy the formal learning, but not as much as the informal learning. Years ago, I think it was the other way around. The important point is, we are always learning. Now I am going back to some formal learning, I need to read an article about “Understanding Dyscalculia.”