I would like to share a classroom scene that might talk to you: Multiple faces gathered together: many are worried, some are more dissipated, some are waiting for something to happen. Some are waiting to be surprised, others want to get it over with. They all seem to be hoping that a friendly text message will take them out of this learning passiveness.
When one day...
As I enjoy asking questions to shake those "sluggish consciousness", I started as followed: What if we'd find out what’s going on in our heads when we learn? I propose to conduct a "pedagogical dialogue" in order to lead them towards a work of introspection by making them discover "the power" to learn how to learn. I tell them that all of us will have to adopt a kind attitude to the process and that there will be no right or wrong answers. I inform them that my questions could shed light on their cognitive personality and ask them if they are ready for a quest, for a new adventure. A general yes was heard!
Enthusiastic as I am, the impulse of the moment lead me to show them that I understood them and in the rush, I actually listened to myself more than I listened to them. When really what I wished for, was to guide them more than understand them. I wanted to give them an answer, a content, a piece of knowledge that they could bring back home.
When I realized what had happened in my head, I understood that I still had to travel a bit, to go towards this other "experience of consciousness” (Husserl, the theory of consciousness) to allow students understand themselves.
I had just realized, during these moments of support and introspection, that I needed to reflect on my added value, my intention and my action.
These pieces of the puzzle would allow me to stop being in my own "mental labyrinth". I had to adapt to these multiple minds during my inter-actions.
Therefore, I wonder, have you ever felt the same? Have you ever asked yourself : What is my intention? What is my own project? And what about the children's project?
Where do you think you are in the learning space?