Leveraging the power of PLNs, Grant Lichtman (@GrantLichtman) connected Bo and me with Dave Ostroff (@DaveOstroff) sometime last summer. In November, Grant suggested that I might enjoy spending a day learning with All Saints Episcopal School and Dave. He was right.
Today the freshmen of the Tad Bird Honors College, Dave, and I gathered to learn together. We accepted the challenge of the Gift Giving Project. Each member of this community committed to reflecting on some aspect of the experience tonight. So, I am fulfilling my commitment to share what I learned from and with these 17 exceptional thinkers.
I like the tone and spirit of this group of learners, because I felt invited and accepted even though I was a stranger. I wonder if this was because it was the second day of class and everyone is new to each other, or if this is a cultural norm. What if we intentionally designed learning to be this open and accepting of others in all classrooms? How might we change education and learning by having this strong open door, all are welcome attitude everywhere?
I wonder if these learners know how powerful their work is and will be as they continue to problem find and problem solve together. I like how easy it seemed for them to roll up their sleeves and do the critical empathy work to actively listen and probe to uncover the root problem of their user. What if we apply this work to local and global problems? How might we serve our communities by taking the time to ask enough questions to really hear and uncover needs?
I really like how fearless these learners are in their pursuit of understanding others and how they might serve one another. I wonder if their fearlessness is understood, noticed, and acknowledged. How might we bright spot the beauty of the risk and reward of listening with your heart? What if we practice sharing the unnoticed gems that require such bravery?
I love seeing the ideation of ideas. I love seeing them turn their 2-D drawings into 3-D prototypes to visualize point of view and possibilities. I wonder about the impact of the process and the product. What if we took the time to show what we know and think by building models of our ideas? How might we embrace additional creativity, communication, and collaboration by such acts?
I love the stories that accompany the ideation and prototyping. I wonder how we might capture the emotion, energy, and connectedness in these stories to share with others. What if we build to learn, create to communicate, and share? How might we better understand each other?
Accepted as a co-learner and embraced as a colleague, I learned with this community today. How might we learn and share and connect and serve? What if we accept this as a responsibility?