It’s “hard fun” trying to pick a quote! So many aspects of this week’s learning resonates. I’m the DATS Leader (design, arts, technology and science) at an ILE (innovative learning environment) in New Zealand.
Hard fun is great - for me it’s pitching a learning challenge at the right level, not too easy yet not too hard to be able to progress and to blend in passions (wide walls - multiple pathways) is key. I’m passionate about growing student capacities (dispositions) and our school values (growth mindset, thinking, curiosity, joy, collaboration) through hard fun! Low floors, high ceilings and wide walls - I use this quote a lot in professional conversations with our mentors (what we call our teachers), and when I have visitors to our school. I first heard Ayah Bdeir us this quote on a littleBits webinar a wee while ago and then I read Mitch’s book and now being part of the learn creative learning community. When creating my learning designs (planning) I always try to include, low floors, high ceilings and wide walls.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 'state of flow" - I love this! In fact I love being in a state of flow! It ties in beautifully with passion and the twist on Ben Franklin’s idea “an investment in interest always pays off with the best knowledge.” I work in an ILE school (innovative learning environment) in New Zealand…we’ve been open approximately 3 years now. There is a huge emphasis on teacher collaboration and its a ‘hard fun’ learning how to collaboratively and how to be innovative. We’re not governed by bells to tell us when to ‘change’ learning…however what is interesting is how some learning teams (we call them habitats) have inquired into ‘workshops’ for literacy and mathematics to cater for students individual learning needs - with great intentions. My question and challenge however is to ask can this create a state of flow? Or include DATS (design, arts, technology and science)? Are we integrating student passions and agency through this model? Are we activating their curiosity and joy? Can it encompass authentic contexts for learning? How different is this to the traditional ‘bell’? I love how @TechTomBUSD describes the state of flow as “when you bring passion into what you do it is no longer work, it is a labor of love.”
I’m loving reading other community members favourite quotes! I agree @brunolee, _“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” from Walt Disney is a great quote - it’s part of what I love about my school is we are encourage to inquire into our teaching and the challenge the process…so I feel safe to ask the above questions where I work.
@Seamus I love your favourite quote too “…finding the right balance between freedom and structure is the key to creating a fertile environment for creative learning.” We have a phrase at school “out of structure comes freedom” … the key is to move on from the structure to freedom to engage and motivate and empower the learner through wide walls.