As this academic year is coming to an end, I find myself deep in reflection. I launched the new course, Technology for Learners and was asked to teach Educational Psychology for the first time this year. Teaching both courses has made me practice what I preach: get comfortable with the uncomfortable. All year, I’ve marveled at how my learning curve is constantly stuck in the curve position. This morning, I woke up and realized that my learning has been more like a roundabout or a rotary. What a fabulous analogy! Thanks to Wikipedia for the image and accurate description. It really captures my learning experiences this year!
I learned how to drive in Massachusetts and have always been proud of how I handle a roundabout. In fact, I think its safe to say that I’m an expert, capable of fielding any and all questions on how to approach, yield, merge, navigate, maintain your right-of-way and exit a rotary. I’ve even taught out-of-towners how to do it the Boston way, so this confirms my expert status, right?
The best part of learning is that it is not a destination; its a journey. Learning is like driving around a rotary. Sometimes you enter this way, sometimes you enter another way. Sometimes you miss your exit and have to drive around again. Once you are in the rotary, you need to learn how to navigate and own your learning. The best part of a roundabout is that it is constant; cars are coming and going all the time, just like the learning process.
It has been a transformative year of learning for me. I immersed myself into the world of social media, developed an amazing PLN and launched The Dyslexic Professor. I’m so glad that my learning curve is just like a rotary because its in constant motion and I’m modeling what it means to be a lifelong learner. I can’t think of anything better than this!