Friday, February 22, 2013

Finding A Place

Finding a place is difficult when your view is limited and the available "space" seems tough to squeeze into.

It can be equally difficult to find a place when the available space is so large that making a decision brings up doubts about the potential for a better space somewhere else.

In other words, if space is very limited, the challenge to finding a place is essentially about comfort.  When space is essentially unlimited, the challenge is "did I choose the best fit?"

I would argue that the latter challenge is becoming, for many of us, much more significant than the former.  We seldom lack "space", but I find that many people fail to act out of uncertainty due to the potential of a better option becoming available "around the next turn."

For students and teachers, the story of education as a foundation for limitless potential and possibility may actually be more true today than ever before because of our connected society.  However, with seemingly limitless opportunities, the fear to act can be more powerful than ever.  This is not to say that we should encourage reckless behavior.  What this does imply, I think, is the need to engage students with chances to take action, make a bold decision, and share their work/ideas with a larger audience than only the teacher.

By supporting students' need to explore the connected nature of the world, receive feedback, and adjust to create better work, teachers help students develop the skills to "find their place" among others who share their passions and interests.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...