The Vital Role of Inefficiency in Learning

How do we define “learning?”  Is learning the harvest of a creative endeavor that requires a genuine investment of effort and sacrifice on our part or merely a transactional act focused on how rapidly we can access and ingest information and data?  We live in an era where obtaining information has become astonishingly efficient on … Read moreThe Vital Role of Inefficiency in Learning

Learning’s Landscape of Beauty

I love it when an experience puts me into what the great Irish writer, James Joyce, would call a state of “esthetic arrest”—when an experience stops time.  I am a teacher by profession but I paradoxically most often find myself in the role of the inquirer, what one might associate more with the student.  This learning … Read moreLearning’s Landscape of Beauty

Learning to Let Your Wonder Wander

Approaching Sacre-Couer

Learning is a marvel to me.  I never tire of seeing how often my curiosity and sense of wonder are activated by a new experience or encounter.  Sometimes I feel there is a modern notion suggesting learning is something that is the exclusive domain of childhood, the purpose of which is to prepare us for … Read moreLearning to Let Your Wonder Wander

Rekindling Wonder in Learning

 A bead of sweat collected at the tip of my nose as I stared at the ground between my hiking boots trying to allow my eyes to train their focus on something as my hands supported my collapsed torso on my knees.  I was trying to focus on something to distract me from the raging … Read moreRekindling Wonder in Learning