#2 Describe how and why you have selected this challenge of student learning. Locate your inquiry in the context of patterns of student learning in Manaiakalani overall.
Wow!! I can't believe how quick the day goes when your mind is moving from thinking you have an idea.... to not knowing where I am. Then having a great A- ah moment and then going right back to square one again! I guess that is what the design process is all about! We brought our thinking from the last few weeks together to think about how we can use the information to create a prototype for our tool!
I definitely consider myself as a person who aspires for growth but when you feel like you have great ideas in your head and struggle to get them out it is a very difficult process. Having others around going through the same thing has helped the process greatly and it has made me reflect about when we talk about being 'in the pit' with the learners. It can be a very uncomfortable place to be but the past two days have shown me the more I am in it the more comfortable it can be and not because I am getting use to it. It is because I am growing my capacity to think of other methods and strategies to go further with my thinking and it gets exciting. Collaborating has also helped the process as I have one way of thinking and I have been thinking about this space for a long time so it is great to get other thoughts and it completely helped me see that I have been focusing on the outcome of the tool rather than the process.
A lovely colleague from the MIT group create this as their sharing piece and it definitly made it click in my head how I can get my thinking out of my head. I have been spending a lot of time trying to fit my thinking into the outcome, the tool. Instead, just like Aaron Wilson has been saying in our CoL meeting, it is important to think about the now, the research, the noticings before looking at the solution. So I intend to spend the next few weeks looking at what is it I am actually noticing from the learners? What processes am I looking to share? What methods can I see working? And how does this fit into the tool instead of how can I make the tool fit the process? Lots of questions hopefully I will start finding some answers over the next few weeks....
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.
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