Tag Archives: learning

goals, learning and contracts

after my post about small and SMART goals on garfield’s blog, i got inspired to write another one at brainblogger about the pitfalls and benefits of goal setting, this time taking a bit more of an academic slant. larry ferlazzo took up that post and talked about goal setting in the classroom. it made me think about learning goals. i won’t get much into this right now but i found it interesting that when i was googling around a bit about the topic, pretty much everything i saw were not really learner-directed goals. they were either goals clearly set by the teachers, or contracts that were not really contracts, i.e. they don’t meet the criterion of containing mutual promises. a lot of learning contracts (and contracts in counselling, too, by the way) are of the mafia sort: if you don’t pay up, we’ll break your leg. fortunately, there is usually little leg-breaking involved in learning or counselling contracts but they tend to be one-sided. the promises by one party (e.g. the learner) are numerous and clearly laid out, and often there are no promises made by the other party, or they are not specified.

collaborative learning

now i’m at a session on collaborative learning by michael yue and maria starosta. more live blogging!

some of the impetus for this session came from the philosophers café projects

“collaborative learning is better than learning by yourself”

presenter not an authority; he may have taken a bit more time to look into the topic but he is not an authority

we will learn collaboratively in this session, too [so will i still be able to live blog? let’s see!]

why am i (isabella) participating? because, among others, i see counselling as a collaborative event

what will happen here today: experiential learning (learning by doing) and social learning, co-creation (1+1=larger than 2)

just did an exciting little exercise. groups formed around 3 questions on flipchart paper (e.g. “what is the difference between formal and informal learning”), wrote down ideas/notes in response, then travelled to the other questions, added/subtracted/questioned notes.

debrief: the topic of “taking up too much air space” comes up – who gets to talk how much, who gets to/feels comfortable adding something to “someone else’s” flip chart. who owns the ideas/notes? how big should a group be to be most effective for collaborative learning?

is it even possible to do individual learning? maybe when you’re in nature? maybe not even then? same with the difference between face to face learning, and the difference between formal and informal learning.

concepts in collaborative learning – nonlinear concepts: he’s showing a wordcloud: dialogue, group, conversation, connection, social, informal. it makes learning exciting – and complicated. like a jigsaw puzzle

a lot of exciting projects come out of informal situations.

online book club as an example of collaborative, web-based, informal learning.

how do workers learn? mostly on the job experience, 80% informal. and where do corporations invest their resources? 90% of the funds go to formal training

but it’s difficult to validate informal learning.

VCC has a mentoring program. this helps with validation and also is a form of collaborative learning. in another company: define experts who go out and gather information, then share it with the rest of the organization. good way of integrating formal and informal learning

the stimulus of collaborative learning. also, collaborative learning is a tremendous help for team building. it can raise the collegial relationship to a totally different level. connecting intellectually, not just operationally.

now we’re doing a philosophers café simulation. it’s a way to dialogue. the philosopher’s café michael is talking about is also tied into a blog so that the café is open to anyone.

what about dialogue?  great info here!

another example of online collaborative learning: a text-based online book club.

you can also visit the enet blog.

blogapalooza, a thank you, and an invitation

today, friends, you can find me over at middle zone musings, where i’m taking part in the blogapalooza question, “what have you learned in 2007?

but wait!

before you go over there, i also want to take the opportunity to invite you once again to our big blog dinner party on january 30. please go over to our official invitation and send us one (or 2, or 5) of your blog articles so that we can put it on the menu, and then hang out with us in the evening of january 30 for a fantastic dinner conversation.

all readers are invited – and as a thank you, the bloggers who have commented here last year get a special heads up:

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the STORR game

need to shake up your brain a bit? play the STORR game – STOp-Reflect-Realize:

what to do: print out a few copies of this page, and then tuck them away in places where you’ll stumble across them in the next week or so. whenever you come across this sheet:

stop – reflect – realize

you can do this in your head, or you can do it in writing. you’ll find a spot for writing down some notes at the end of this post.

rules of the game:
1) anything goes
2) try to be as honest as you can

example:

STOP
when i stopped, i was doing/thinking/feeling/seeing/hearing/ smelling/tasting/sensing this:

that friggin car down the alley again, with its mufler of.

we’re applying the “anything goes” rule: it doesn’t have to be “important”; it’s only for you so swearing etc. is perfectly fine if you feel like it; nobody cares if there are spelling or grammar mistakes.

REFLECT
then i thought about this for a while, and these are my thoughts:

i always get so angry when i hear lowd noises like that even as a child i did that. i wish i was like marcy she doesn’t give a hoot about stuff like that, she’ll sleep through anything. i hate this noice, and i hate feeling so angry about it.

REALIZE
then i mulled it around for a bit and then it occurred to me that

hey, wait a second, maybe i get so angry about this because my grandmother and my uncle always fought when i was little, and i couldn’t sleep, but they always, always hushed me up. i’m still angry about that, too! to be honest, i wanna scream and shout too! betty said the other day that i don’t have to reackt anymore the way i did when i was a child so maybe one day i won’t have to get so angry anymore when i hear lowd noises. wouldn’t that be awsom!

note: we’re applying the rule about honesty.

okay, so now it’s your turn.

oh, and let us know if you came up with anything interesting!

——————

STOP – when i stopped, i was doing, thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or sensing this:

_______________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________

REFLECT – these thoughts and emotions came up as i reflected on it:

_______________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________

REALIZE – then i mulled this around for a bit and it occurred to me that

_______________________________________________________

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(and if you want to, you can add this:) and from now on, i am going to

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(that’s the last “R” – for renovate)

(this post appears in the 29th total mind and body fitness carnival

thinking differently about success, failure and learning

a few weeks ago i wrote a blog post, the scrunchie challenge, where i felt inspired by a post at monk at work to change a habit.

i said i was going to keep a scrunchie on my wrist for three weeks, to remind me to ground myself whenever i wasn’t experiencing my body enough. i also said i was going to check in with you occasionally and report back on october 12. i turned it into a meme and tagged a number of people with it.

i didn’t keep the scrunchie on for a long time. i only checked in once, and barely at that. i didn’t report back on october 12. i didn’t really follow up on the meme. nobody took me up on the meme.

what a failure. of course you didn’t remember any of this because i’m not important enough and now that you’re reminded you just snort and say, geesh, what a flake. and how unreliable. i’m so embarrassed.

i better never start a meme again. obviously i can’t follow through on it. and you guys are going to think of me forever as an unreliable, flaky failure.

STOP!

REWRITE!

peter's think different challenge

okay, let’s try this again.

a few weeks ago i wrote a blog post, the scrunchie challenge, where i felt inspired by a post at monk at work to change a habit.

i said i was going to keep a scrunchie on my wrist for three weeks, to remind me to ground myself whenever i wasn’t experiencing my body enough. i also said i was going to check in with you occasionally and report back on october 12. i turned it into a meme and tagged a number of people with it.

i kept the scrunchie on for a few days. i still remember what it looked and felt like. something small shifted in me. since that post, i’ve been paying way more attention to my body. i feel more “in” my body.

one of the things that happened as a result of that was that i became aware that an old but irritating sinus problem had crept up again. i watched it for a while and decided not to have any sugar at all for 10 days, see whether that makes a difference. i’ve never done that before and am now on day three of that.

it also prompted me to work more on meal planning, to coincide better with my daily biorhythm.

i really gained something from this exercise! i guess there were a few things that i didn’t do and i would have preferred to have followed up on the announcements i made but, oh well, live and learn.

what’s the difference between the first story and the rewrite? the events were very much the same. what i focused on was different.

what have i learned from this process? what is my “metalearning”?

  1. how the look and feel of the physical reminder of the scrunchie imprinted on me. even though i didn’t use it much, it still stayed with me.
  2. how important it is to learn things over and over again. i knew about each and every one of the points here but for them to be effective, they need to be reinforced once in while.
  3. one things leads to another, and there are always surprises. i certainly didn’t think that this exercise would lead me to experiment with cutting out sugar!
  4. if i just keep at it and keep being open, i can always find new ways to deal with long-standing challenges such as meal planning.
  5. that, when i focus on my learning, what others think of me becomes uninteresting.
  6. next time i do a meme and nobody takes me up on it, i will first follow up on the people tagged and if that doesn’t work, tag a few more people.
  7. and that i can look at any thought, action and event in the light of learning. i don’t even want to say success. success brings up the dichotomy of success and failure. learning, on the other hand, is open-ended.

a heartfelt thanks to jennifer from heal pain naturally for inviting me to participate in the think differently meme. i had been wondering how i would write about the scrunchie experience and when i got jennifer’s tag this morning, it all popped into my head.

because that’s what i’m doing here. thinking differently about success, failure and learning.

who else wants to think differently? this meme was started by fellow vancouverite peter, so maybe i’ll tag a few more people from here. please read the guidelines for participating here. i’m tagging carol, paul and maggie.

(this post appeared in the 25th total mind and body fitness carnival)

learning. seriously.

okay, it’s fall, everyone back to school! dave has tagged me for a meme to develop some classes. here is the first one:

(and an apology to my readers for the temporary appearance of this blog. this will change!)

confucius on confusion 121
you’ve taken a philosophy course back in … when was it again … but your addled brain has forgotten most of it? you keep foncusing your light brain with your reft? let master kung straighten you out. only one analect per lesson! hard to forget!

prerequisite: the ability to remember to show up for the course.

materials: bring whatever parts of your brain you can find.

with a guest appearance by professor yu dan

now of course it’s nice to go to classes with your friends. here’s one of dave’s i’d like to attend:

british columbia geography 399
clueless about where all of those places in the lower mainland are? can’t tell nootka from bella coola (or even bela lugosi?) this course will get you straightened out, with numerous field trips to various bc geological and cultural landmarks. students will compare topological maps to actual terrain via helicopter and float-plane fly-overs, and at the end of the semester, the class will pool their newly gained knowledge at a spa retreat in tofino.

prerequisite: none, except for a hefty tuition fee

i’ll have to co-ordinate that with the next course i’ve come up with:

olive oils 499
only for advanced users. taught by olive oil expert santiago botas. a selection of topics: the thermal stability of extra virgin and virgin olive oil at high altitudes; the politics of pre-950 BCE phoenician olive cultivation; caesar salad: olive oil from greece or portugal?

prerequisite: caesar salad 209; kitchen chemistry 100; gourmet snobbery 311.

cost: $4,999. includes flight to tuscany and 6 nights in a cold, uncomfortable, dank and drafty but very aristocratic 1300-century villa

and for the personal development people among us, we have:

SP 100
how to think like steve pavlina. how to manage your time like steve pavlina. how to blog like steve pavlina. how to make money like steve pavlina. how to do all of this without becoming a clone or being embarrassed that you really, truly think that steve pavlina is one of the best things since sliced bread.

prerequisites: only for bloggers whose blog content is at least 37% touchy-feely.

cost: we’ll have to ask steve pavlina.

instructor: steve pavlina. (please???)

being serious 00001 – an introduction
do you think the universe is a big joke? do you never attend comedy shows because just riding on the bus has you in stitches? do people look at you funny because you think everything and everyone is funny, even steve pavlina? you need serious help. you need being serious 00001. after you have successfully and earnestly applied yourself to this course, your secretary’s assistant will take you seriously at least every second friday and watching the news will not cause you to break out in uncontrollable guffaws.

warning: may cause ulcers.

now let’s tag a few more people with this meme. according to blue tea, the originator of this highly educational endeavour, the idea is to come up with a few courses that will “fix” something in your life, find a course you’d like to attend with the person who has tagged you, and pass this on to a few other people.

so here are the people i’m tagging: the decision strategist, balanced life center, friday’s child, jennifer mannion, jan karlsbjerg. finally, i urge the pastafarians to come up with a much-needed curriculum to teach us more about how the flying spaghetti monster created the world.

can’t wait for this university to open.

oh, and here is my last course.


being in the moment 000

just show up.

instructor: bud d. ha