Learning is a story…
It’s a story filled with dialogue… conversation between teachers and students, collaboration between learners, questions and answers, discussion and debate. It’s a mystery, a fantasy, an adventure story. Every learner focuses on a different aspect of the story and makes it real for himself. Every learner reads it in her own way and has her own interpretation. Some find it challenging and struggle to understand it. Others are thrilled by its complexity and constantly seeking to uncover new layers. Some question the story, some accept it and others reinvent it. Learners might re-tell the story, illustrate it, photograph it, digitise it, dramatise it or set it to music. Some will share the story and others will keep it to themselves. Some will take it with them, keep it in their hearts and minds and never let it go.
If you’re lucky, your school story can be beautifully written. It can have an enticing opening that hooks you in and makes you want to come back for more, a fascinating plot that unfolds enticingly, peopled with wonderful characters who invite you in, and a rewarding ending that leaves you wanting to continue learning forever.
Or it might be the disappointing kind of story whose content is presented in an uninteresting way, with disconnected sections that don’t gel together, boring characters and an unappealing plot. It might be the kind of story that you have to force yourself to finish, or perhaps even abandon before the end.
Why leave it to chance?
Let’s look at our schools and our classes and see if we need to rewrite their stories. Let’s ensure that each learner can read the story in any way that suits her. Let’s encourage every learner to write his own version of the story. Let’s make sure that the story connects meaningfully with their life stories.
Learning is a story. If it draws you in, it’s a story that has no end…