I recently watched a TedX talk on YouTube called “What Baby George Taught Me About Learning” (Wesch, 2016) as part of a cross-disciplines class I am taking about pedagogy. Pedagogy is an area that I only began to pay significant attention to recently and in which I am still forming my own foundational views. I found the video emotionally engaging and was encouraged by the speaker’s emphasis on asking and addressing such questions as “Who am I?”, “What am I going to do?”, “Am I going to make it?”, and how to “build a life worth living”. These are all questions that are also found and emphasized in my own discipline, counseling.
The class discussion that corresponded with the assignment of this video brought up some interesting ideas regarding learning and how we measure, and even police, that learning. We have found plentiful ways of keeping students accountable for what they are doing in their classes, but we may have lost some of the focus on growing, transforming, and becoming. As I am forming my perspective on pedagogy, I am increasingly coming to believe that these are an essential part of true learning.
I do, however, continue to feel conflicted on the topic. My personality tends toward structure, rule following, and the concrete. On the other hand my field (counseling) tends to place a much greater emphasis on growth, development, and “being” rather than doing. My hope is that these conflicting pulls in me will contribute to the development of a healthy and balanced view of learning that I am able to apply in the real world.
Wesch, Michael. (2016, April 15). What Baby George Taught Me About Learning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP7dbl0rJS0&feature=youtu.be