Sunday, March 18, 2012

Empowered by new learning

Today I attended a running workshop held by James Kluegger. It was advertised at our family chiropractor and when I saw it my interest was plucked because I've never before had lessons in running. Although I've been running for the last few years, entering races and setting goals, I've never had the science or biomechanics shared with me, and to be honest, I'd never really looked for it either. Running is something that pretty much most people can do, and have done as children. I just look at Kaea, she will pretty much run anywhere if she wants what's at the other end. Anyway, this workshop today reminded of the old adages 'you don't know what you don't know' and 'the definition of stupid is doing the same thing you've always done but expecting different results'. Today I learnt some things and had my thinking challenged. This is going to lead to a change in practice where I will apply some of my learning and monitor the results. I'm excited by the possibilities and the challenge. Will I be able to run more efficiently? Will I be able to increase my pace? Will I be able to achieve the big goals I've set?
When I think about it, it is right along the same lines of what we aim to achieve through 'teaching as inquiry' in our appraisal. The principles behind it are the key I think.
I look forward to more running, reflecting and learning.


  1. I wonder if sometimes it is easier to be motivated by things we can see having direct and measurable benefits for ourselves? Do we put in as much effort when the outcomes aren't our own?

  2. Tanya I don't think we do put in as much effort when the outcomes are not ours. Intrinsic motivation is huge to an individual - ie Kaea runs for what she wants, and drops to the ground when something is not her idea!! As adults we benefit from learning new ways to see how others think as well as do, to enable us to marry learning outcomes the individual desires with those that may benefit others' needs. Learning about schema as a learning theory is sure helping me to understand a child's motivation, and enabling us to achieve compromised outcomes when needed. I think it is also easy to be motivated by things which benefit ourselves and expect others to be just as motivated.