A place to think deeply about learning and listening
Geoffrey and Renate are founding Project Colleagues for The South Australian Learning to Learn Program - a state-wide initiative focussing on developing teacher understandings of learning and engagement of students in authentic learning. Their leadership, insight and outstanding facilitation of adult learning has been pivotal to Learning to Learn's success in transforming teachers understandings and practice with learners.
Margot Foster, Program Manager, Learning to Learn, South Australian Department of Education and Childrens' Services.
Find out about our Campaign Against "Learning."
Our mission is to make visible the multiple dimensions of natural learning and deep listening
Natural earning is dynamic, generative, profound, rigorous, playful, joyful and so much more. Neither children nor adults have to be made to learn (for the most part). Research shows that working for creative insights is deeply joyful, and that becoming better and better at anything is deeply satisfying (when the conditions are right).
The way for educators in all walks of life to genuinely raise standards across the board it to take advantage of natural learning. And for that to be possible they need to understand it. Deeply. As the great organizational theorist Peter Drucker said: A good theory is a great strategy.
That is the foundation upon which to
•select new programs, •improve schooling, •guide professional development, •use learning communities effectively, •implement 21st century skills, •prepare for the future rather than look back to the past.
To do that we need to be able to think together. Listen to each other. To go fast and climb higher in the long term, we have to go slow and go deep in the short term.
It's better to spend a few hours rethinking fundamentals before spending millions of dollars and thousands of hours acting.