Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by how much I need to know about learning and teaching. Actually, that's not quite accurate; often, I feel overwhelmed by how much I want to know.
When I first started teaching Media Studies using the film, The Matrix, I noted some of the philosophical underpinnings and wanted to learn more. The clip below comes back to me often; it opens with symbols of faith followed by a leader who acknowledges his limitations in knowing.
"There is so much in this world that I do not understand." My sentiments exactly.
The councillor goes on to say that he knows there must be a reason that Neo can do what he does, and I think the councillor is commenting on faith as a necessary part of the human experience. We need to believe that sometimes we don't know.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm frequently curious and it's been suggested that I have the characteristics of someone with Attention Deficit Disorder. I purposefully have had to work on developing strategies to stay on task, and to avoid doing too much.
So this morning, while sitting down with my morning coffee, I set about the task of writing my first blog post to chronicle my journey of learning. I'd been reading this site about Metacognition when I came across this TED talk about learning styles:
I need to learn that feeling overwhelmed depends on me, and how I choose to carry the load that I lift.