The program just started last week and goes until October, so I will be posting about what I am learning each week here. Last week’s assignment was to learn about some Lifelong Learning Habits and talk about which aspect is easiest or hardest for us, so that is what I am posting about today. You see the tutorial here.
After looking over the list I have to say the only hard thing here for me is:
1. Begin with the end in mind
I think I have been taught to incorporate all the other aspects into my psyche and I truly enjoy them, especially the play and being with others who play (kids☺), so they are already habits. But I have stubbornly resisted #1 all my life. I just am not good at visualizing my goals. I prefer to wander through life looking for serendipity. When I first heard that word in college I practically laughed out loud! They have a word for my universe? Cool!
In college I had mentors, advisors and teachers who tried to explain to me the need for goals and plans. I was so puzzled about why they wanted me to know and even write down where I wanted to be in 5 or ten years. I couldn’t make sense of that because the way I saw it I might do anything and be anywhere in 5 years! As it turned out I was right. I went around the world, lived in a foreign guest house in China for two years, had a baby as a single woman, taught adults, teens, and preschoolers in all sorts of environments, lived in a communal house in the inner city, shopped in Hong Kong and swam on beaches in the Philippines. Who could have written that all down in a college notebook?
I have a very distinct memory of my English prof advisor sitting me down and explaining that I had to chose a major in my sophomore year because if I waited to long to make a choice and a clear plan I would actually be narrowing my options by not defining my path. It made no sense at all to me but I knew he was trying to tell me something important that I better figure out. I file that memory with the one of my high school English teacher telling me I better learn to spell correctly or people would think I was stupid. wise words trying to teach me that the world was not all on my terms, as creative and brilliant as I thought I was. *foolish grin*
I ended up choosing English as a college major because I thought that would still give me wiggle room in choosing courses and not tie me down to any particular career. It was years after graduating and working until I realized how that limited me in other ways, by not preparing me for a clearly recognizable career. It wasn’t until I had a baby and needed a job with benefits that it started to sink in.
So Beginning with the End in mind seems impossible for me. I have no idea where I want to go or what I want to do in 6 months, a year, 5 years. I want to walk around with my eyes and ears wide open and discover new things. Of course, as a parent and teacher and librarian I can list a lot of goals and priorities, but in my heart of hearts that is not what comes up when you ask me what end I have in mind. For this particular course the end I have in mind to learn as much as I can from the other participants about new technologies and experiment with cool stuff online.
Oh alright, I guess maybe that’s a pretty clear goal after all.
Tags: Learning 2.0