The Power Of Three: Four


Power of 3 No 4

Chinese FlowLearning is not a simple process nor is it merely complicated.  It is very complex.  It involves a balance between continuity, transition and novelty.  The artful teacher is ever sensitive to this and works at maintaining it.

3 Parts of Learning

Schools are anxiety-producing machines.  Anxiety 3 Factors BannerTeenagers live in a social jungle and are always in a state of heightened sensitivity to threat.  The classroom can contribute to this and tip the scales to an unhealthy state without careful and deliberate action on the part of the teacher.  Excessive anxiety is brought on through 1.  Lack Of A Sense Of Control, 2. Unpredictability and, 3. Novelty.3 Components of Fun


But learning should be fun, right??  It should be and it can be with intentional effort in creating conditions for it.


It certainly is a fine line between these.  There is as much harm in erring on the side of safety as there is in erring on the side of challenge.Skill Challenge Ratio Banner


Students require process skills and competency skills.  They need to learn how to learn!  It seems odd that school culture has almost become too risk-averse.  We need to make the process of learning the priority.  Too many teachers move to safety by teaching Risk Failurecontent instead of learning skills and work habits.  In a world where content is at a student’s finger tips, continuing to place ourselves as content-delivery vehicles puts us at risk of obsolescence.

Shouldn’t we embrace failure?  Should schools feel and function more like galleries or laboratories?


About gsstrojantalk

I grow people for a living and stretch myself for fun! I pursue a constant state of relentless restlessness and 'grow people' by creating conditions within which others around me choose to stretch. I want to explore the Why, How and What that I do, or believe that I do. These are musings and provocations. Oh, and I'm the proud Principal of Gananoque Secondary School, in beautiful Gananoque, Ontario.
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