“The greatest gift you can give another human being is your ears. People ask me, “What is the ROI on community?” The ROI on community is love.”– Thomas Power, TED Talk: The End of Organizations as We Know Them
You might think that being an educator means teaching or imparting knowledge to another, but this is an institutional way of thinking. An educator needs to not only observe and come to understand the learner’s previous knowledge, readiness levels, interests and passions, and learning styles, but also an effective educator needs to understand who he/she is as an educator and how to enrich the relationships (edges) that exist in communities. That starts with the relationship you have with yourself as you want to be today and the relationship between who you want to be. This is what we want to help young PERMIE KIDs’ learn as well – who they are, what they know, what they want to know, how can they learn, how they like to learn, and how to go about the “doing” of learning.
It is important to be looking at yourself before focusing on your relationship with others, including your relationship between you as an educator and the learner(s). To paraphrase something I hear often from Scott Mann of The Permaculture Podcast, to know yourself allows you to then better figure out how to meet others where they are. This means asking yourself about what you think the purpose of education is, how do you form relationships, who do you form relationships with, how do you communicate, how does your thinking about relationships and communication methods differ between the people in your communities (children, peers, elderly, those in a place of authority, non-human life, or even strangers). Asking these questions leads us to start thinking and acting in an open, responsive, and supportive way towards others and to become interested in learning from and with others as an empowering approach to what it can mean to educate and be educated.
In this show I cover:
- Importance in exploring, reflecting, and understanding yourself as a person, educator, and learner
- Thinking spectrum- LeadORS tool designed by Thomas Power
- Consider making a cocktail, slow down, and observe and connect the people, situation, and the environment
Additional Resources and Information:
TED Talk: The End of Organizations as We Know Them by Thomas Power
LeadORS interview with Thomas Power by Martin Shervington (focused on using this information to evaluate institutional versus network business profiles, but this concept applies directly to personal educator-learner relationships)
PERMIE KIDs Podcast 59: Start an Observation Journal (Part 1) – ideas on how to get started and journal to understand yourself as an educator
PERMIE KIDs Podcast 69: Start an Observation Journal (Part 2) – observing and reflecting on yourself as a learner
Next PERMIE KIDs’ Hangout for Educators – June 15, 2014 from 1-2 pm (EST)… email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join me and others for this video via Google Hangout. I will run this as a public event and I will record the event with the goal of being able to openly share information, ideas, and resources with others who cannot attend the live hangout. If you are not comfortable being video recorded, please just let me know and I can help you either participate without having your image displayed.
I care about you and I want to help meet you wherever you on this journey as an educator and lend a hand, shoulder, or just a listening ear. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out.