Will Richardson said something during his blackboard collaborate session T3S3 – The Challenges & Opportunities of Modern Learning which struck a chord with me. Something I hadn’t realised that I had already embraced and something that I can now identify that frustrates me when I am supporting other teachers’ learning.
“Stop waiting for Professional Development Workshops, if there is something you want to learn, be more like a kid and go out and learn it!”
When I see something, hear of something or experience something I want to embrace or use, I find out how! I determine whether this new skill or understanding will support my teaching, or develop my understanding and I make a choice whether I invest my time in it.
When kids learn things, they share it with their friends, they build their understanding together. When I learn something new or discover something interesting, I share it and try and develop it further. When staff approach me about supporting them to use a tool or develop a skill, I always say yes, or point them to the person or place with more expertise than I.
Instead of being frustrated by colleagues who don’t pursue any learning, I need to address WHY their interest in learning has faded.