The term “lifelong learning” is almost as cliched as “21st Century skills” and “digital native”, popping up as a buzzword in various educational publications and assorted punditry. What does it look like for an adult to be a lifelong learner? What qualities does one display in a constant pursuit for knowledge? As teachers, how can we model this behavior for our students and become more positive adults in the process?
Will Richardson tackled this topic in a post this past week, and I really appreciated his take on it. He writes,
“There are many reasons why we don’t model the learning process as adults, but one of the biggest ones is ego. We feel like we have to be the ‘experts’ instead of co-learners.”
This struck a chord with me. I think that sometimes, when I should be demonstrating for my students how I seek out new information all the time (listening to NPR, reading RSS feeds, using Google to find answers to my own questions), I fear giving up some of my authority in the room. In hindsight, it seems like a silly thing to worry about.
Has this ever happened to you? How do you overcome this feeling and be a better role model?