Persistence & learning #blimage

Welcome to #blimage Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth), Amy Burvell (@amyburvell) and a number of other folk have been playing #blimage this week. You can read more about the #blimage challenge here on Steve’s blog and on Amy’s here. Essentially it involves four simple steps:

  • Take an image (or use the one Steve provided)
  • Write blog post prompted by the image on the theme of learning
  • Post your blog and share using #blimage
  • Inspire someone else by sending them an image

I love this idea, it’s a fun and fast way to get our creative juices flowing and as I’ve been struggling to get my blog on in the midst of a job change and house move the timing couldn’t have been better.

persistence

I drew this image a couple of years ago after being captivated by a line of ants dismantling a leaf and carrying it back to their nest. I like it as a metaphor for learning. Yes learning can be fun and exciting but often it also requires a healthy dose of persistence.

And that can be challenging, we live in an age when we expect to get ‘stuff’ on demand and even though we can now deliver a cornucopia of multimedia learning resources to people’s mobiles and tablets on demand the one thing we can’t guarantee is that they’ll ‘get it’ immediately.

Sometimes learning takes time, it’s messy and it’s complex – it challenges us. Whether we’re trying to master a new skill set, learn a language, or get a handle on a theory, learning demands a lot of us. To succeed we have to persist, keep practicing and trying to finesse our skills or deepen our knowledge. Just ask a top athlete, persistence is crucial even in the face of setbacks.

When I’ve found the process daunting or overwhelming I’ve resorted to the ant’s trick of tackling the challenge in bite sized chunks, lifting what I can carry and coming back for more bites over time. Sometimes I’ve had a line of helper ants to assist me. Working in groups with others & learning from their experiences, sharing the task, reflecting with my #pln that social connectivity can really help my learning process. Sometimes it’s just something you have to tackle on your own, keep an eye on your end goal and be persistent.

When we’re planning teaching or learning programmes we owe it to our learners to recognise that learning isn’t always easy, straightforward or quick. Sometimes the process will be hard, and lengthy. Let’s take a cue from my friend the ant, use bite sized chunks and build in the help of others to help carry the load. And be kind, try to remember what it felt with the last time you felt daunted by the learning ahead of you, remember how overwhelming that felt and then try to share that journey with your students, be honest, admit it might be tough but remind them you’ll be there for them along the way. Sometimes the road you travel teaches you more than the final destination.

And here’s an image for those of you who are in need of some #blimage inspiration…

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4 thoughts on “Persistence & learning #blimage

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  3. Learning a language (I’m an EFL teacher) certainly does require persistence in one’s contact with a language community and a desire to engage within it. I reckon before we can expect persistence we often need a strong identification with a group.

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    • That’s a really good point, we need a motivation to persist and for me (and you it sounds) that often comes from the relevance of the activity to a personal or professional goal. but I also get it from learning as part of a group.

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