As educators, we speak of the importance of being lifelong learners. The concept of already ‘being done’ with learning assumes that we are fully cooked and ‘complete’, yet the time of adulthood can be one of tremendous growth and development emotionally, psychologically and cognitively. Schools can and should be places where we learn, mature and develop as those who work and teach within them. We should always be on a learning edge in many aspects of our lives and to stretch and to engage with that edge should be a consistent practice – where we learn and unlearn.
Stretching at your edges requires work. This is what we mean by you finding your “learning edge”— working to see more, to hold more. It is acting out of your zone of proximal development—working on skills you are close to mastering (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 86).
Through stretching your learning edges, you will be able to:
We need a different orientation as the world and our work in education become more complex. We need to develop to become better educators and better human beings.
This work is for those who:
You are a:
No matter your role, your participation in the reflections and exercises in this work will help you expand your repertoire and skill set around five key facets of adult development and drill down into behaviors that we should all aspire to do well within our daily interactions.
In this video, Jennifer asked teens at a local high school to tell her what they want to learn from us about being an adult.
“What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people.”
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel