I must be trying to get my head back into school-mode because everything that happens lately, no matter how small, makes me think about school, leadership, and learning. My last post here is one example.
This morning, while relaxing in bed for a while too long, my 2-year-old wanted me to help him up on to the bed so he could snuggle up with me as I read my Twitter stream on my iPad. I tried to pull him up with my left arm. Dead weight. No can do. He laughed at me, knowing full well that pulling him up on the big bed was virtually impossible without a little help from him, even just a little.
I said to him, with a smile, “I can't help you up, if you don't help yourself just a little bit.”
He smiled at me behind his soother and hoisted his knee up on to the bed. Gently, I pulled him easily onto the bed beside me. Then, we were able to snuggle and relax, enjoying our time together.
This reminded me of our learners, all learners: children and adult.
We all need to help ourselves a bit first. Our mentors, our colleagues, our friends, our leaders cannot do it all for us. Others cannot help others through force. it simply does not work. there needs to be a two-way exchange. We need to take ownership over our own learning in order to really learn and have sustainable impact and change over our practise.
We can (and should) provide our learners (students, friends, teachers, colleagues, etc… – we are ALL learners) with a multitude of opportunities and inspiration, but, ultimately, their learning needs to be their responsibility.
We can work together, collaborate, and learn from one another, but there needs to be learning by all members.
Together we are better!
Good luck with your learning this year!