The Choice — As the New Year starts we are beginning to make choices that will affect the rest of the year.
As a learner and teacher I am reminded in the book The Choice: In Teaching and Education by the Arbinger Institute that we as educators are presented daily with a choice.
The text summarizes this fundamental choice as: “My choice is whether I will see and act on an obvious truth: that another is as legitimate and human as I am.” (Arbinger Institute p. 3)
This choice touches on the basic truth that learning is relational. True learning will not occur within any context if a relationship is not present. This relationship can take many forms beyond the commonly thought of teacher-student relationship.
The relationship could be a personal connection to a topic or issue. It could be a mentoring relationship that springs forth from within the pages of a historical biography. Even in this digital age, relationship within our learning means as much as ever.
Finally, the book helps us apply this truth with four principles that I feel will help kick us off right as we return for another season of learning and teaching. The four principles are:
1) I Am Not the Teacher
2) My Obligation is to Learn
3) I See Greatness
4) I Build Community
Agimus tibi Dominus