mistakes, fear and learning – love to learn, make mistakes and down with fear
The most essential ingredient for all learners, whatever their age, culture, nationality or languages spoken, is to be unafraid when approaching new learning.
make mistakes – it’s ok
The old saying that primary school teachers often use; we learn by making mistakes, is relevant to us throughout our lifetime – whatever we are learning about. Naturally, this is easier said than done, as many of us have perhaps had trouble learning or acquiring new skills in the past. Our previous experiences and attitudes often shape our approach to new learning.
take risks – have a go
Many children (such as myself all those years ago) start off with an enthusiasm for school and learning. However, sometimes, something happens and they start to lose their confidence and enthusiasm to try new things. It could be something so small and seemingly insignificant, yet that uncertainty in themselves, or their ability, seems to flourish and prosper with far more determination than their initial blossoming desire to learn. Suddenly it’s not so easy to just “have a go” – they have become afraid. They are afraid of making mistakes, of looking silly and start to feel foolish. It is then that they start to copy whoever is sitting next to them and they worry about how they look in front of their peers and their teacher. The hands that once willing went up to answer all manner of questions start to waver mid-air, or stop being held up altogether. This learned fear can have far-reaching consequences to our self-confidence and self-esteem.
a little inspiration – and inspired learning was born
As a primary school teacher for many years, both in England, Scotland and with over a decade of international experience, I have seen many children who initially lacked confidence in themselves and their ability to learn; it transcends language, culture and gender. However, with a little inspiration, someone to inspire them, all this can change, just like a little bit of magic. When children grow their wings of self-confidence, when they have their passion for learning reignited – or even lit for the first time – that really does look and feel like magic.
It has been my pleasure to see this in so many children over the years and this is why I am inspired to write this blog; to tell their stories and to hopefully hear some of yours.
It is my dream to make inspired learning a reality for children and adults around the world. Together we can inspire all learners, whatever their age, for today, tomorrow and for the future. Once you start to believe, there are no limits. Where are your wings taking you?