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Is Learning an Attitude?


“What did you learn in school today?”

This is a great question.  It helps sort through the activities of the day and rework some information in a student’s head.  Asking this question can start a good conversation that eventually takes the mind down some other cerebral pathways on a journey of scaffolding.  Learning is linked to previous experience and knowledge; good questions cause us to go further.

Why do we stop asking the question as adults?

Who is asking us what we learned in life today?

Starting this week, our students will be asking their parents what they learned each day.  The students need to see learning modeled and understand that all of life brings learning.  As adults, we can interpret the world the same way a child does.  It is either with an attitude willing to learn something, or the belief that our brain is full or we can predict the outcome with a high degree of certainty.

What if learning is an attitude?

If we asked the kids, would they talk about what their parents learned at work, or home, or from someone else today?

Many of us like a portion of the passage below from Philippians 4.  In the context, it’s interesting that Paul reveals his need to learn.

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

It seems, Paul can make the final statement as a result of what he learned.

At Anastasis Academy, we want to promote an attitude of learning.  An awareness of the learning taking place and seeing learning in its many forms and presentations.  What if it took a lifetime?  If so, that would be success.

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