Pivot, Pivot, Pivot: My Evolving Philosophy of Knowledge and Learning
PIVOT! PIVOT! PIVOT! A video timeline seemed in order for this week’s blog on my philosophy of knowledge and learning. You can view the entire timeline at Canva here.
- Here is an excellent Chrome extension I’ve been using lately for those needing subtitles.
- For those strapped on time, I have included a summary of the main takeaways and points to ponder below the video. Happy viewing OR reading 🙂
- My early and post-secondary education was heavily steeped in Empiricism, Behaviourism, and Cognitivism.
- When faced with limited experience and challenging classroom behaviour, Behaviourism became an easy, extrinsic fall-back for me (initially anyways).
- With time and additional professional development (Classroom180, FTV, ISTE, etc). my approach shifted to a desire for intrinsic student motivation and learning.
- The pandemic gave a further push toward Constructivism with more mindful ed-tech implementation.
- Where it ends, for now, is a constant pivot between all philosophies of learning based on particular needs at any given moment. As the legendary Maya Angelou surmised:
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Points Left to Ponder (please share your thoughts!)
- When you began teaching, do you think you heavily relied on the philosophies of learning you experienced in school?
- If a shift happened for you, was there one distinct catalyst or many?
- Do you “pivot” in your workday through these different philosophies? What situations warrant different approaches?
- I dream of restructured schools without bells and Behaviourism-laden fundamentals; with a greater emphasis on Indigenous ways of knowing and Constructivist principles. If you could restructure the education system, what would it look like? Which learning philosophy would take centre-stage?