Life is a Learning Process

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I am one of those people. One of those who believes that life is always teaching you something. That everyone you meet comes into your life for a reason, to teach you something about the world, about yourself. Whenever I read an article, a book, a newspaper, watch television, meet new people, visit new places, I learn something new. Some things I seek to learn and others I learn through experience or even by accident.

Reflecting on this few days I can identify many things which I have learned in both my professional and personal life. While I have learned many new things recently, I will focus on a couple:

  • I learned about Violent Threat/Risk Assessment.
This I learned in a formal setting from an experienced and knowledgeable presenter, Theresa Campbell. I attended a two day training session, ERASE Bullying, with colleagues and came away with a wealth of new knowledge. It was thought provoking, informative, intense and was very meaningful for me as a principal, educator and parent.
  • I am in the process of learning how to Sketchnote. Below is a copy of my first attempt:
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The topic, Framework For Decision Making, came from my professional growth plan. As an administrator, I have to make many decisions which often affect many different people. I have been researching different frameworks for decision making and have settled on one which I then decided to depict through a Sketchnote. The learning involved in the act of designing and producing a Sketchnote was Tangential learning which is ” the process by which people will self-educate if a topic is exposed to them in a context that they already enjoy.” Through the building of my PLN, I have been inspired by Sylvia Duckworth to try Sketchnotes and am finding the creative challenge to be interesting and engaging.

  • I learned how to use Google Slides

After attending the ERASE Bullying Training session I decided that I would like to share what I have learned with my colleagues who did not attend. Though I am familiar with PowerPoint and Prezi, I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to learn about Google Slides so I took some time this weekend to prepare a Google Slides presentation.

Each day we learn something new and if you take the time to reflect at the end of your day you will be able to recognize the value in these lessons. They don’t have to be big, life altering lessons, believe me, some days I look back and wish I had not learned a thing. After all, not all lessons are pleasant, some can be painful. But either way, we learn. All of our lessons come together to form the person that we are.. and will be.

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