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In this article the author sites a cognitive approach called double-loop learning. In this mode you  question every aspect of your approach, including  methodology, biases and deeply held assumptions. This more psychologically nuanced self-examination requires that you honestly challenge your beliefs and summon the courage to act on that information, which may lead to fresh ways of thinking about your lives and your goals.

If you apply this to your teaching- question what you do- your approach, methods, bias, and assumptions- what happens?  Do you feel as unsettled as I do?  Do you find it exciting, challenging, and a strategy to work in new ways with children?  I know I have.  It’s hard to apply this to even small things in the classroom.  For example, what if instead of instructing the children to make a person with a heart shaped head for Valentine’s Day you sat down and talked with them about love.  If you spent time, listening to their thoughts about what love.  Asking them: How do you feel love?  Where does love live?  How do you show that you love someone?  Does everyone show love the same way?  Do you always love ? It seems to me that by questioning the approach to something like Valentine’s Day it leads to a deeper understanding and expression of love.  Don’t stop there, begin by questioning your approach to the daily life in the classroom.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Secret Ingredient for Success – NYTimes.com

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