The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers
I got too inspired by the above quote and got self- motivated. I gave it a thought that as an educator, I am dealing with 21st-century students, I need to get armed and upgrade my toolbox of resources with the latest trends. Guess what caught my eye – the “Game-Based Learning app” as my topic to explore. But on the spur of the moment, that inspiration was disrupted up by something else–a WhatsApp message with a link to a YouTube channel…and that blew away the spirit of learning.
I am sure this must be the case with many of us. You may be getting these inspirations from a quote about learning that’s causing you to rethink what you thought you knew about education. Maybe even an idea for project-based learning, a resource from a fantastic PD session, a learning framework from a book, or discovering a new community online.
Considering teaching is such a dynamic and challenging profession, I feel the need to engage in constant growth and learning. While there are many new ways to learn in our digital age, I felt that encountering new ideas is different from internalizing that thinking and working to integrate it meaningfully. I took this opportunity and amidst the COVID-19 crisis where we are in lockdown, I thought it is time not just for the growth of my knowledge … this is a time to look into my HEART and MIND and be INTENTIONAL about how I want to use this time fruitfully.
On reflecting, I realized that I need to make that transition–from seeing to using the best ideas that I see daily. I need to start gradually taking small steps instead of trying to reinvent my ideology. I need to start right away within reason else my perception of that new idea or resource will change–lose its shine. I also realized that I have to take new learning as a system and make adjustments, e.g. the virtual classroom learning app which is changing the ecosystem of how I taught. So I need to change into the virtual classroom is the need of the hour, which is good, and I decided to go with it with the understanding that if I am not adapting, I am withering. It took me time to adjust but with reflection after further reading and discussing with colleagues and again giving it a try gave me a boost. Speaking, sharing and collaborating with colleagues, not only opened up new thinking to further thinking, but also “put me on the hook” to see the idea through.
I would like to conclude with the thought that one change to your craft of teaching will undoubtedly lead to another. Stay curious, respond to new thinking with a critical eye and a heart full of possibility. ‘Learning and changing oneself with time is something that is not our duty or something difficult. Rather, it helps us to achieve a sense of satisfaction and in turn, do good to others’. Today, with the advance in science and technology, there are constant updates to upgrade oneself. Learning to embrace this change instead of remaining static, will certainly lead to progress!
Just as you encourage your students to stay active, engaged, and connected, you too can keep reading about new ideas, connecting with new communities, participating in twitter chats and collegial conversation to reflect, and in the process, continue to refine yourself professionally, making a lasting change in the way you teach.

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