Setting out a learning journey for every student in my class of 30 and working myself hard to gain quality relationship with every child it appears that maybe I should not be working as hard. Children have to learn how to build relationships and children have to learn how to build their own journey through life. They need to read the faces of their peers as they try to tell him to "shut up their trying to learn". But no, the ever stoic teacher yells at him to be quite before he even looks at his mates, as the principle walks past this noisy classroom with a teacher yelling and wonders why he ever allowed that teacher to become a coach. Meanwhile the teacher is thinking wow that was close the headmaster just walked by and saw me getting the class back on track. The reality as a practitioner is that the whole situation really needs a overhaul and real relational understandings need to be built between all parties in the educational arena.
What challenges me the most on a daily basis is the systems of learning we have set by people who don't learn! The idea that the sharing of failure is critical to success, the idea that to create and design something new is a truly difficult act. But we continue to work within frameworks that exist and use techniques that we have used over time. Is it just me or can we all see this glaring issue that our current learning apparatus is only going to create more of the same issues. I love teaching however, I love learning with my students more the teaching my students as they challenge me to grow also. The true nature of learning is to learn to adapt to the environment in which we live and the animals and plants we live here with. The custodians of this great country in which we live are begging us to learn that our journey of learning must not impact on the journey of Mother Nature, for if it does then we have much to learn.
Mother Nature also sends us stimulus and metalanguage in the weather, the rain the heat and the animals, like that young boy in class what we chose to do sit firmly in our learning journey.