Not only the traditional educational system but our whole culture relates to kids more as potential than actual. Beings who may want to grow up to be SOMETHING, but for the moment are by implication NOTHING.
One of the awesome things about Agile Learning Centers is that kids don’t have to wait to get real about who they are, they can start doing/being/having it now.
After going to the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC and playing these big multi-player games (meaning cabinets with controls for 8 – 10 players), they talked about them for weeks afterward. Our makerspace facilitator said, “Your know you could make your own game if you want.” And suddenly Game Team was born.
[[cross-posted from Arthur’s personal blog
I’m painfully aware of the gap between how much value and insight I’ve been experiencing in the work that I’ve been doing, and how much I’ve been sharing and expressing that value in ways that others can access it.
One of the central principles in Agile Learning Centers is that in today’s age, learning (2.0) isn’t complete until shared. There’s a whole learning cycle: intention, creation, reflection, & sharing. Like all natural cycles it can get fractally convoluted at times, but that it’s important to develop our ability to acknowledge and consciously participate in each part of the cycle. I can definitely see where my participation in the SHARING phase has been constrained to interpersonal conversations, and the lid needs to get blown off so that I can complete a deeper cycle of learning by sharing more effectively on a larger scale.
I’m committed to having a personal breakthrough in this domain and becoming a much more reliable writer, poster, and general sharer of insights and value… no longer leaving it to gather moss in between my ears.
In the spirit of this, and in camaraderie with other friends (including students) who are writing every day for NaNoWriMo, I commit to write and post every day in November. I will be posting each entry in my personal blog, even if it is really an addition to the Ceptr Apocalypse, my Agile Learning Center blog, the Emerging Leader Labs web site, or whatever.
Even if I have to share something that is not fully polished or finished. The point is to share, share, share.
So… it starts now!