I’m working my way through Helene Blowers’ “23 Things” website, with a thought to how I might implement this for our folks at school who might be interested in exploring the Web 2.0 environment a little more. Part of their “Lifelong Learners” tutorial is a list called “7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners.” Participants are asked to identify which are personally the easiest and the hardest. Here goes:
Easiest Habit: Play!
I love to play. I learn best through play, and I try to see each situation as an opportunity to enjoy what I’m doing. Even daunting tasks I’ve tried to make more interesting by finding the element of play within them. For example, I dislike my 2-hours of daily driving to and from work, but I love listening to books on tape and podcasts in my car. Play as a way to learn takes the pressure off – it’s not a big deal, I’m just playing around!
Hardest Habit: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
I see this in all types of learners, and especially in myself. When I’m at the beginning of something, the work it takes to move forward seems daunting and that perhaps I’m not up to the task. I am constantly reminding students that they are learning, that they did not “leap from the womb” understanding all of the concepts and skills they are learning. I need to have that kind of patience in myself. Sometimes, I feel it is an artificial sense of time that creates this difficulty. We feel that we only have a limited amount of time to become experts in all aspects of life. We compare ourselves to masters before we’re even out of the starting gate. If we have confidence in ourselves as competent learners, then we give ourselves the time to engage in the process. Now, I need to apply all that to my own learning!