Okay, so I'm not big of labels but boy does "refractive thinker" do a nice job of describing how I often feel...
"insatiable with their curiosity"
"not satisfied within current conventional parameters"
"frustrated by provincial thinking"
I was thinking that I haven't always been a refractive thinker; I have spent most of my life living on the periphery. Now I wonder, though, if I chose to live there because of my frustrations with what was expected of me...a kind of acceptance of living inside the box. Over the past six years, however, I've discovered a whole new me and to be honest, I credit technology for my new view. It has, in many ways, leveled the playing field; I now have access to all kinds of information, ideas, people at any time. I am, for the first time in my life, a real honest-to-gosh learner.
Not sure if any of this makes sense but your post really resonated with me, Cheryl. Thank you so much for sharing with us! I look forward to hearing what other people have to say!
I'd really like to get Peter Senge on my FutureofEducation.com show. I think I'll reach out!
I have often challenge those I worked with and for with this same idea. Many are simply too afraid of change and going too far beyond their comfort zones. Often my students will have no idea why they do what they do, they simply have 'always done it that way'. My goal is to have them question why they have done it this way for so long, and whether what they are doing still works. By asking the right questions, the answers will come. Cheers!
"By asking the right questions, the answers will come."
This has been, by far, one of my greatest challenges. While I truly believe in constructivism, I find my impatience with the status quo leading me down the path of "telling" rather than "drawing out". In a couple of hours, I will be working with teachers to understand how blogs can be used to support learning. My goal is to provide them with resources to construct their understanding of Blogging with a capital "B". (Versus the kind of blogging that simply mirrors what can be done on a piece of paper.) Starting my day off with this threaded conversation will help me focus. Thanks!