But how can I get off the stage when I’m the one with the knowledge and the one who knows the desired learning outcomes? Here are the key steps:
It really is that simple. End blog post.
OK, if you would like a bit more detail on how to actually do this, read on.
Build a Structure out of Bamboo
This little piggy builds her learning structure out of bamboo. If you’re not familiar with this eco-friendly building material, it is:
Strong, Versatile, and Grows Quickly
BUT IT ALSO ONLY THRIVES IN THE CORRECT ENVIRONMENT
Unlike building a structure out of straw, which lacks stability, bamboo is very stable and predictable. That makes us all feel safe.
And unlike building a structure out of bricks, which does not flex with changing circumstances, bamboo structures no when it’s time to stand firm, and when it’s time to bend and sway. This allows us to react “on the fly” to changing situations. The environment and culture of the space become additional players in the learning process
When We Create a Learning Structure Which is Stable While Also Being Flexible, Authentic Learning Can Happen
Key markers of this type of learning environment are:
As I mentioned in my previous posts in the “Confessions of the Former Sun” series, you don’t have to have all the answers, you only have to know how to bring the best out in others. And step one to bringing the creativity and willingness to learn out of your team, whether they be students or a group of adults, is to make sure your culture and environment allow for and encourage it.
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PS: As I reflect on my growth in understanding what it takes to facilitate authentic learning and creation, I realize it helps me to think of situations where that environment DID exist, and also situations where it did not. I’m sitting here thinking about how it changed the way I interacted in those spaces, and about what opportunities were lost when the environment wasn’t there. What about you? Think about your own learning and creating experiences. Which would you want to replicate? And which would you just as soon forget?