Since 8 month old Beckett's fondness for books falls comfortably into one category still -- eating them -- one could argue that his father/mother's enjoyment of buying him books that require a bit more intellect might be premature at this point in his young life. No worries. We're hedging our bets for the future. And we kinda love combing those aisles of the bookshops, sometimes re-encountering our own childhood in the process, sometimes finding where his later years will take us as readers as well.
Today, John J Muth's compelling story and illustrations, The Three Questions (based on a Tolstoy story, of all things), came home with us, content to take its rightful place in Beckett's growing book shelves. And it got me thinking about LEARNING D.N.A. Got me thinking about the essential questions that will bring the LEARNING D.N.A. community together in the months/years ahead. Questions that will guide us, provoke us, draw out the best in us.
So, I'm curious. Consider designing the future of learning. What are your three questions?
While I'm only one voice at this point, I offer this in an effort to build your ideas into the very genetic code of these initiatives (the D.N.A., if you will).
Only one caveat: Try to stay away from the questions that are so often bantered around today about specific technologies, questions that argue for/against certain educational policies, questions that seem more focused on what worked in the past alone. Plenty of other avenues for those questions. Beyond that, no limits. Big sky stuff, really.
I'm hopeful we'll draw together an extraordinary range of questions that will guide our efforts to passionately design the future of learning.
- Questions that will focus on the evolution of possibilities, not the old stand-by territorial debates.
- Questions that are outside of our expertise and possible because we'll share our wisdom.
- Questions that will be both paradox (open yet framed) and intentional to the spirit of designing the future of learning.
- Questions fit for novice and expert alike.
- Questions that do not force us into discipline silos.
- Questions that spark the best sides of us as individuals and as a community of creatives.
Most importantly, I'm hoping we'll make our kids proud. Perhaps even questions of theirs that we'll be better for as well. That collectively, we'll develop the essential questions that today's kids will one day look back on with pride -- sensing we were doing something noble and with imagination -- when they think not only of our legacy, but of their role in the process as well.
So, what are your three LEARNING D.N.A. questions?