Finding the Value in Real Learning
Learning can be far removed from the stated purpose. As educators ourselves, we are a bit baffled when to do more seems to mean doing less. It is time to open our eyes to what’s in the mix of “real learning” and connect the dots.
Real learning involves learning beyond the course you are taking; it involves real life. Creating the real things that matter in people’s lives, in the world around us and in our community are the essential ingredients to creating good learning. When these elements are in place, you have a much higher chance of getting the experience and the information you need to learn something. It’s all about the pie.
To understand the usefulness of learning outside of a formal system, we need to look at the whole context. When we broaden our definition of learning beyond the academic and resume, we begin to understand that we are trying to tap into something deeper and more powerful than a game of strategy or a mathematical calculation. What we are tapping into is the mystery of being human, that we learn in life, and that what we learn defines who we are.
In classrooms where students are only getting a few assignments, this requires many to-dos and talks over lunch. In local clubs, this is more of a social activity. In workshops, the idea is that everyone brings their idea of learning to this activity. Connecting the dots helps us look deeper.