Aun aprendo (I am still learning)

by Jean Tower

I t’s that time of year. People are talking and writing about New Year’s resolutions. What promises are we making to ourselves for 2009? I decided to forgo a traditional resolution in favor of a commitment to a disposition. Aun aprendo – I am still learning (thank you, Goya) is a maxim that I hold dearly. In 2009 I plan to hew even more tenaciously to that concept. I have a strong belief that constant learning is fundamental to a happy life. But for educators, especially, the adoption of an open learning stance is indispensable.

  • We continue to learn in order to renew our passion for our subject, our students, and our love of education.
  • We continue to learn to model for our students and colleagues, a learning behavior and an openness to new ideas.
  • We continue to learn to satisfy our own curiosity about the universe and our place in it.
  • We continue to learn because that is the business we are in – the learning business.
  • We continue to learn so as to improve our craft, learn new pedagogies, and master unfamiliar tools, strategies, and techniques.
  • We continue to learn in order to renew ourselves.

I’m sure every single person who reads this list could add a number of substantive and important reasons for us to commit to lifelong learning. We all develop our own reasons, and if you are reading this post you are already likely to be one of those educators who has embarked on his/her own learning quest.

I believe that when we commit strongly to learning, the result will naturally infuse our teaching and influence others. It will help us to be thoughtful and reflective practitioners of the art of helping others to learn. Learning and mastering new ideas and being open to listening to others and “trying on” their points of view make us more critical and discriminating thinkers. My last thought I would like to share is that learning is fun. I want to have fun learning and pass on to others that they can take learning risks and have fun doing it.

Aun aprendo.
Happy 2009.

I have gathered some quotes about learning – enjoy the words of others:

“the illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

~ Alvin Toffler

“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.”

~ W. Edwards Deming (1900 – 1993)

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”

~ Hebrew Proverb

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.”

~ Eugene S. Wilson

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

~ Bill Gates

“Learning makes a man fit company for himself.”

~ Thomas Fuller (1608 – 1661)

“By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.”

~ Latin Proverb

“There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.”

~ Christopher Morley (1890 – 1957)

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