Learning For The Sake of Learning

Anyone who has read my blog (all six of you) has probably noticed that I haven’t written a whole lot lately. Other than the fact that I was feeling a little bit saturated and lacked the umph to write, the reason that I have’ been writing very often lately is that I have been doing other things on my afternoon transit commutes. 

Lately I have been on a podcast kick. I have listened to twenty or so episodes of a podcast called The Emperors of Rome and probably about 50 episodes of a podcast called Revolutions that has talked about the history of the English Civil War, American War of Independance and the French Revolution. 

Why, beyond my obvious nerdiness would I spend so much time listening to all these podcast? Simply put, because I wanted to learn something new. I have no desire to become a historian, change careers, or get a new job. I was learning for the sake of learning. 

I think that teachers have a moral imperative to also be learners. We spend our days trying to convince our students that learning is a good idea. I think kids have a very good sense of when we are not walking the walk. 

I think that learning to improve my practice is important. I have found many great books and articles that have stretched my understanding of education and of learning. I have also found Twitter to be an endlessly useful source of professional connection and growth. 

Sometimes, however, I think we need to balance our professional learning with our personal learning. We need to learn something for the sake of learning. We need to give ourselves mental stretch marks. 

So, what am I going to do next? I am not too sure. I have always wanted to try my hand at painting. Maybe I will make my wife happy and try to learn how to do some of those home repairs that I do not have the foggiest idea of how to tackle. One way or another, I know I will find something. 

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